The story unfolded on a Reddit thread (source), where users exposed Thorium for harboring furry porn images. The evidence, shared on GitHub (commit link), revealed that an explicit furry image had been embedded within the Thorium source code repository.
In a surprising turn of events, the browser's author, Alex, admitted to adding the explicit content as an "easter egg" accessible through the address chrome://yiff. This admission, accompanied by a subsequent removal of the content in response to community backlash, stirred controversy.
Despite the removal, the situation took a darker turn when it was revealed that Alex had also uploaded sexually explicit images related to anti-circumcision on another site. The gravity of these actions led the community to mark Thorium Browser as a platform for child pornography distribution.
The open source community, known for its vigilance, responded promptly by marking the browser and distancing itself from the controversy. GitHub issues related to the furry porn images were reportedly deleted by Alex, adding fuel to the fire.
Thorium Browser's saga serves as a stark reminder that even within the collaborative realm of open source, there can be instances of misuse and inappropriate behavior. The incident underscores the need for constant vigilance, effective moderation, and community guidelines to prevent such controversies from tarnishing the reputation of open source projects.