Red State Boycotts Mozilla Over Firing Of Ex-CEO Brendan Eich

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The conservative website Red State is looking to heap revenge on Mozilla for the ouster of former CEO Brendan Eich.

On Tuesday night a blog post with the byline The Directors said that the site would be blocking the Mozilla Firefox browser from accessing most of the content on Firefox’s front page because of “a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation.”

Users trying to access the front page should be met with a message that read “Careful now! This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not consistent with Mozilla’s corporate values. May we suggest visiting another site instead? Click anywhere to continue.”

Mozilla said they are not blocking Red State in retaliation and had no further comment.

The block is a clear response to OkCupid posting a message on its site informing users that Eich had donated $1,000 to California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 in 2008. Shortly after the public outcry, Eich resigned as CEO of Mozilla and the company posted a message saying “Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech.”

Here’s the full Redstate post:

Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a message when accessing most of our Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were suggested to visit another site.

We put that message up, because we wanted to remind people that the totalitarian impulse of the Mozilla corporation is real, and if you haven’t been Made to Care yet, you will be soon.

Send a message that you won’t take it lying down. Get another browser. Tell your friends what you’re doing, and why. Safari, Chromium, Internet Explorer, Konqueror, you name it. None of these browsers is developed by a corporation that is persecuting individuals for what they do with their own time and money. Firefox is, because that’s what Mozilla has done to Brendan Eich.

TPM reached out to Red State editors and will update when we hear back.

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