Following Brendan Eich’s resignation as Mozilla’s CEO due to the controversy surrounding his $1000 donation to the Proposition 8 campaign, Mozilla’s feedback website has received a flood of homophobic reviews and abuse.
Mozilla first faced issues when it announced that Eich was to become their new CEO, which led to the media bringing to light his donation in support of California’s marriage equality ban in 2008.
A series of companies and individuals decided to boycott the software, claiming Eich did not promote the values of inclusion and equality within the company.
Following his resignation on Thursday April 3, the Firefox Input feedback site has received over 59,000 negative reviews in three days, with a series of homophobic comments ranging from “My computer won’t function on a Gay Liberal Web site” to “God hates fags, you sick, twisted freaks.”
When Eich’s personal position on marriage equality emerged, which has been on public record since 2012, some gay rights advocates threatened to boycott the software company, while others said they were disappointed in the choice but felt his private views weren’t relevant to his position as CEO.
Since he stepped down, however, the hatred has become more apparent. Whereas some rationally point out that Eich’s viewpoint towards marriage equality was in line with over fifty percent of California voters, others merely wrote hateful comments such as “drop dead nazi fags.”
According to Pink News, the website is currently at eighty-six percent negative feedback and the feedback is coming in over ten times faster than the normal feedback rate.
Mozilla released a blog post on April 3 announcing Eich’s resignation as CEO, stating, “Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
“We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.”