Dating Site OkCupid To No Longer Allow Firefox Browsers On Site

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The controversy

The controversy stems from Mr. Eich’s donation in 2008 to a political group that supported California’s ban on same-sex marriages. The donation was discovered in 2012 and caused an outcry which forced Eich to state that his donation was personal and not the policy of Mozilla. Since his appointment as CEO, he has blogged that he will “… demonstrate with meaningful action my commitment to a Mozilla that lives up to its ideals, including that of being an open and inclusive community.”

That is apparently not enough for OkCupid. Additionally, this last weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that John Lilly, Ellen Siminoff and Gary Kovacs have left Mozilla’s board as a result of this controversial appointment.

However, the Mozilla Foundation refuted this in a letter to The Reg where it wrote:

“The three board members ended their terms last week for a variety of reasons. Two had been planning to leave for some time, one since January and one explicitly at the end of the CEO search, regardless of the person selected.”

For those that try to access OkCupid with Firefox, they will be greeted with the following:

The message

“Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.” The website was also redesigned to provide links to other browsers that the company deems acceptable, meaning all but Firefox.

Internet Explorer, according to web-analytics firm Net Applications, is still the web-browser of choice with a 58% market share. It’s followed by Firefox at 18% and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Chrome at 17%.

OkCupid has explained its entrance into politics by stating, “We’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company.”

Despite the fact that Firefox enjoys an 18% overall browser share, OkCupid President Christian Rudder recently told the AP that 12% of its 3 billion monthly page views are done with Firefox.

Mozilla chastised OkCupid a bit in a recent email it sent to the Associated Press that blamed OkCupid for “not reaching out to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts,” while reiterating its support for LGBT equality.

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About the Author

Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at

1 Comment on "Dating Site OkCupid To No Longer Allow Firefox Browsers On Site"

  1. This is really dumb – Bashing Mozilla is punishing guilt by association.(Kim Jong-un in North Korea is an expert on this) Brendan Eich’s greatest achievement was the creation of the JavaScript language – until these losers take out all the JS on their site, they are just dumb hypocrites using this controversy to get some traffic to their site.

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