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Monday, July 8, 2024
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Mozilla Foundation fires most of California

In the aftermath of JavaScript creator and Mozilla founder Brendan Eich’s departure, the Mozilla Foundation has further outlined the limits of employment at their Mountain View offices.

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Portions of California no longer eligible to work for Mozilla are in green. All code submitted by green California will be rejected.

Mozilla founder Brendan Eich, whose 2008 campaign donation of $1,000 donation supporting California’s Proposition 8 ensured the illegal passage of the measure, has stepped down from his position as CEO this week.

According to Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, Eich “was not forced to resign by her or others on its board. He was, however, pressured to do so.” The pressure applied to Mr. Eich, according to Baker, “was not force. It was more of a light, gender-appropriate touching.”

Baker added that this was not meant in any way to denigrate non-gender-appropriate touching.

Mozilla’s board came out with a blog post further detailing their support for non-forceful freedom of speech:

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Therefore, we have decided to ban any speech that is opposed by the intolerant, the loud, and those who wear brown.

Our mission will now be to make the Web more regulated so that the content becomes stronger, more pure and more just: that’s what it means to protect the Web 3.0.

“The bottom line,” said Baker, “is that we support freedom of speech as long as it doesn’t bother anybody. Or at least anybody that matters.”

The Foundation’s board announced that it will be moving its offices to Peruvia, America’s 57th state. Peruvia is the only state where a popular vote enacted same-sex marriage before 2008. Peruvia is also known for its environmentalism. In 2009 it banned chromium from all industrial processes, and more recently their state legislator banned wild animal safaris. It is not known whether this affected the Mozilla Foundation’s decision.

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