Following a broad backlash over his support of California’s gay marriage ban in 2008, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has stepped down.
Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, the nonprofit best known for its Firefox browser, announced Eich’s resignation in a blog post Thursday afternoon, apologizing to users for its slow response. “We’re sorry. We must do better,” she said.
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“What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed,” Baker said. “We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive, and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.”