updated 03:51 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2014
Exit induced by discovery of unpopular $1000 political contribution
In the wake of a $1,000 political contribution controversy, newly-named Mozilla CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich has voluntarily stepped down. In a post noting the departure, Mozilla claims that it "didn't act like you'd expect Mozilla to act. We didn't move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We're sorry. We must do better."
Launching the controversy, users discovered that in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 and various in-kind services to support a ban on gay marriage in California, Proposition 8. Many technology companies were vocal in not supporting the ban, most prominently Apple -- and Mozilla.
The company saw three board members resign over the appointment of Eich, although the specific departure reasons aren't clear. It has also has had to defend itself in blog posts against criticism over the CEO's donation, and incurred the wrath of dating site OKCupid and other partners -- and even employees.
In its statement penned by Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, the company said that "while painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So that all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better."