Dating Site OkCupid: Boycott Firefox for CEO's Anti-Gay Rights Views


#1

Yahoo! News:

Dating Site OkCupid: Boycott Firefox for CEO’s Anti-Gay Rights Views

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid.com, the popular online dating site, called for a boycott of Mozilla Firefox to protest the world’s No. 2 Web browser naming a gay marriage opponent as chief executive. OkCupid visitors who accessed the website through Firefox on Monday were told in a message to use other browsers such as Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer or Google Inc’s Chrome.

“Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” the message said. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.”
“Especially in the kind of modern hero culture, the CEO is equivalent to the company,” said Christian Rudder, an OkCupid co-founder. “We have users who are trying to find other people and we wanted to point out that this browser might be in conflict with their own values.”

The nonprofit Mozilla Foundation’s appointment of Eich as CEO on March 24 has attracted criticism from software developers, including its employees who have publicly called for Eich’s resignation on social media.

They’re actually suggesting people switch to IE? Now that’s extremism.
Since Mr Eich is the inventor of JavaScript I’d be more impressed with his detractor’s principles if tghey disabled Java on all their devices.


#2

Javascript and Java are different. Disabling javascript would actually be WAY more damaging to the user’s experience. :eek:

Sounds like the message is “thanks for all the contributions you made to web development, but we don’t like your politics / ideology so get out!”


#3

I contacted OKCupid regarding their apparent hypocrisy in refusing to tolerate views which dissent from their own. The only response I got back was “duly noted”. I have since terminated my account there. After all, if this is the action they take against someone who isn’t even affiliated with their company, how might they react to customers who support natural marriage?


#4

Well, he already turned around:
brendaneich.com/ (note LGBT= lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)

Inclusiveness at Mozilla
I am deeply honored and humbled by the CEO role. I’m also grateful for the messages of support. At the same time, I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.

A number of Mozillians, including LGBT individuals and allies, have stepped forward to offer guidance and assistance in this. I cannot thank you enough, and I ask for your ongoing help to make Mozilla a place of equality and welcome for all. Here are my commitments, and here’s what you can expect:

Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.
My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult. More on this last item below.
I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.

Mozilla is a movement composed of different people around the world, working productively together on a common mission. This is important to our ability to work and grow around the world.

Many Mozillians and others know me as a colleague or a friend. They know that I take people as they come and work with anyone willing to contribute. At the same time, I don’t ask for trust free of context, or without a solid structure to support accountability. No leader or person who has a privileged position should. I want to be held accountable for what I do as CEO. I fully expect you all to do so.

I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.

You will see exemplary behavior from me toward everyone in our community, no matter who they are; and the same toward all those whom we hope will join, and for those who use our products. Mozilla’s inclusive health benefits policies will not regress in any way. And I will not tolerate behavior among community members that violates our Community Participation Guidelines or (for employees) our inclusive and non-discriminatory employment policies.

You’ll also see more from Mozilla under my leadership in the way of efforts to include potential contributors, especially those who lack privilege. This entails several projects, starting with Project Ascend, which is being developed by Lukas Blakk. I intend to demonstrate with meaningful action my commitment to a Mozilla that lives up to its ideals, including that of being an open and inclusive community.

/be

Edit:
Although, most precisely here he only talks about working and not marriage. So this is not heretic at all, however he obvious tries to look “pro gay”.


#5

Too bad, it’d be nice to see more of these companies actually standing up for their beliefs.


#6

:confused: I was on OkCupid and I saw a lot of anti gay marriage men there.

Most people use Okc as a free user anyway, in which case, you aren’t the customer, you’re the product. They won’t turn away users over something like that.


#7

Oh, hypocrisy, thy name is tolerance.


#8

Is it necessary for gay politics to infect every possible area of life?


#9

I’d switch back to Firefox now if it weren’t a black hole for my RAM.


#10

Feel free to switch back. The more recent versions have corrected the RAM-hogging.


#11

I am not so sure he is trying to look “pro-gay” so much as saying that his personal beliefs will not affect his policy in the company. He wasn’t trying to present himself as pro-gay, nor was he even distancing himself from his previously stated views on gay marriage. He was simply saying that his private life does not affect his professional life.


#12

Oh no I’m using firefox right now. Argh I guess I’ll have to use Internet Explorer.


#13

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO


#14

I looked and found that OKCupid is not even listed in the top 10 dating sites online.

Ok Cupid is owned by media conglomerate IAC/InterActive Corp, which owns 50 brands across 40 countries.

These include other major dating sites, like Match.com, as well as news website the Daily Beast and web properties like Dictionary.com.

bbc.com/news/technology-26830383

Daily Beast is Newsweek. If one stops using Firefox, one might want to think about passing over Match.com and these other websites as well. I’d never heard of okcupid, there are many dating sites.


#15

The statement was written by Mr Eich upon taking office as CEO, not after he resigned. I read it as pro-people who can contribute to the mission of Mozilla, neither supporting problematic behaviors nor judging them. It could have been written by Pope Francis.

It is unfortunate that for some people, only approval of everything they do is good enough to allow you any rights. It is totalitarian thinking.


#16

OKCupid account deleted. Thank you for the heads up.


#17

On a related note, I signed up to CatholicMatch.com but the free account is seemingly so tightly restricted that it is useless. Is there any usable, free to use, Catholic or Christian dating site that people would recommend?


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