Mozilla CEO steps down due to political backlash

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After receiving criticism and scrutiny over his donations to an anti-gay marriage group in California, Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down. The company recently published a blog post that read, “Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it.”

This resignation comes despite Eich saying in several interviews over the past week that we would not leave. Despite that statement, several Mozilla employees have come forward on Twitter to voice their own views and asking him to step down.

Dating site OKCupid also made their opinions public by refusing Firefox users access to its website for a short period of time.

In an interview with Re/Code, Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead has been compromised due to the increased scrutiny over the issue. She also told the publication that Eich’s decision to resign was his own and not due to any pressure from her or the board. There is currently no leading candidate to replace Eich, though efforts to seek one are underway.

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