Mozilla developer arrested after bringing anti-vaccination message to his apartment
Mozilla developer Matt Hughes was arrested Monday in California on a charge of violating California’s civil rights laws.
Hughes, a Mozilla developer and founder, was arrested by the San Francisco Police Department’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit after he sent an email to the residents of his apartment building in Santa Clara, California, with the message: “It is my moral duty to vaccinate my children and make them healthier.”
He said he was doing so because he believed in a “sacred right to life” and that he was not against vaccines, but that he wanted to “educate the public.”
The message prompted a city ordinance in San Francisco to prohibit the use of child pornography in residential buildings, which Hughes said he didn’t do.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Hughes was released on $20,000 bail.
Hughens has been the subject of a number of public criticism in recent months for his work with Mozilla and other tech companies to promote a pro-vaccine message.
Last summer, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich told TechCrunch that “vaccines have absolutely nothing to do with autism,” and said that he didn”t want to be in a position where we’re giving people something they don’t need.”
In December, a video that surfaced on social media shows Eich criticizing the spread of the virus and encouraging people to avoid it.
Eich apologized for the comments in December.