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

Brendan Eich

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.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest Dc
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: