Employees of software company Mozilla, best known for its Firefox internet browser, launch a Twitter campaign asking new chief executive Brendan Eich to step down over his stance on gay marriage.
Mr Eich was appointed chief executive of Mozilla – an open source, not for profit organisation – this month, but the appointment provoked controversy because in 2012 it was revealed he had donated $1,000 to a campaign supporting a ban on gay marriage in California.
His anti-gay marriage stance is perhaps even more alarming for Mozilla employees, considering that the company is to some extent aligned with the libertarian, open-source movement.
In response, Chris McAvoy, a product lead on Mozilla’s badges project, tweeted on Thursday a call for the Mr Eich to step down.
— Chris McAvoy (@chmcavoy) March 27, 2014
Mr McAvoy’s tweet sparked further calls for resignation from Mozilla employees.
— Chloe Varelidi (@varelidi) March 27, 2014
— John Bevan (@bevangelist) March 27, 2014
— iamjessklein (@iamjessklein) March 27, 2014
— Sydney Moyer (@sydneymoyer) March 27, 2014
— Sunny Lee (@soletelee) March 27, 2014
People who do not work at Mozilla got involved.
— Nicola Mastrandrea (@nick88msn) March 27, 2014
— Kevin Redfern (@kevred10) March 27, 2014
And then other Mozilla employees began tweeting their support for Mr Eich.
— Sheeri K. Cabral (@sheeri) March 27, 2014
— Zibi Braniecki (@zbraniecki) March 27, 2014
The one person who has remained quiet on Twitter since the furore began is Mr Eich himself. His last tweet, sent on Wednesday, pointed to a blog in which he sought to “lay concerns to rest” over his appointment.
In the blog, Mr Eich wrote: “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.”
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