OkCupid Wants You to Use ‘Internet Exploder’

No, this is not an April Fools’ joke.

National Journal
Dustin Volz
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Dustin Volz
April 1, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

Ok­Cu­pid is mak­ing waves around the In­ter­net for its protest of a pop­u­lar Web browser be­cause of its new chief ex­ec­ut­ive’s stance on gay rights.

But lost in the crush of cov­er­age is the on­line dat­ing site’s con­spicu­ous mis­spelling of the oft-lam­basted In­ter­net Ex­plorer browser as “In­ter­net Ex­ploder.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Ok­Cu­pid has not re­spon­ded to a re­quest for com­ment, leav­ing us all to won­der if the mis­spelling is an in­no­cent typo or a pot­shot at the In­ter­net’s most fre­quently in­sul­ted browser.

The ming­ling net­work began greet­ing users who vis­ited by way of Moz­illa’s Fire­fox browser on Monday even­ing with an open let­ter de­rid­ing Moz­illa’s Brendan Eich as “an op­pon­ent of equal rights for gay couples.” The let­ter ad­vised Cu­piders to con­sider us­ing an­oth­er browser in­stead, provid­ing big but­tons that al­low an easy switch over to Google Chrome, Op­era, Sa­fari or “In­ter­net Ex­ploder.”

Eich, who donated $1,000 to sup­port a 2008 Cali­for­nia meas­ure to ban same-sex mar­riage, was pro­moted in­tern­ally to CEO last week, which has led to a flurry of on­line protests and even con­sterna­tion from some Moz­illa em­ploy­ees who have asked him to step down.

“We are sad to think that any Ok­Cu­pid page loads would even in­dir­ectly con­trib­ute to­wards the suc­cess of an in­di­vidu­al who sup­por­ted Prop 8 — and who for all we know would sup­port it again,” OK­Cu­pid says in its let­ter.

Eich, in re­sponse, wrote a blog post where he prom­ised that Moz­illa would be “a place that in­cludes and sup­ports every­one, re­gard­less of sexu­al ori­ent­a­tion, gender iden­tity, age, race, eth­ni­city, eco­nom­ic status, or re­li­gion.”

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