Mozilla’s Chief Executive Officer Brendan Eich resigned from his post Thursday after an almost two weeks-long public backlash against his controversial appointment.
Mozilla, which owns the popular Web browser Firefox, immediately came under fire for promoting Eich, who donated $1,000 to support California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in 2008.
In a blog post announcing the decision, Mozilla wrote:
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves,”
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.