Mozilla cofounder isn’t happy with the idea of Accepting Donations in bitcoin on Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation, which administers the Mozilla Firefox web browser, is now taking bitcoin donations.
One of the browser’s co-founders isn’t pleased.

On December 31, the firm tweeted: “Do you use @dogecoin? Do you have any #Bitcoin or #Ethereum in your wallet? We welcome donations in #cryptocurrency utilising @BitPay.”

Jamie “jwz” Zawinski, who worked on the Mozilla Project from its inception in 2002, responded by tweeting, “here to say fuck you and fuck this.”

Zawinski did not respond to queries regarding his remarks right away.
In recent years, concerns about cryptocurrency’s energy use and environmental impact have become louder. According to a September investigation by The New York Times, bitcoin mining consumes around 0.5 percent of the world’s energy or about seven times more than Google does each year.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced in 2021 that the business would stop taking cryptocurrency for automobiles due to their environmental impact.

When Zawinski co-founded the Mozilla Project, whose purpose was to develop an open-source internet for the masses, he was one of the original creators of Netscape. In 1999, he quit due to a misalignment of vision between him and the corporation.

According to data from the web traffic measurement firm StatCounter, Firefox had roughly 7% of the US market share in September, while Chrome had 60% and Safari had 18%.

In a public resignation letter, he stated, “The Mozilla project has become too dismal, and too painful for me to continue working on.” “I wanted Mozilla to grow into something it hasn’t yet, and I’m tired of fighting and waiting for it to happen.”

He wasn’t the only one who slammed Mozilla’s decision on Twitter this week. Gecko, the Mozilla-launched engine that runs the internet browser, was founded by Peter Linss, who tweeted in support of Zawinski.



Linss tweeted at the corporation, “What. The. Actual. F—-.” “You were supposed to be better than this,” says the narrator.

Critics have compared the cryptocurrency market to a Ponzi scheme, claiming that it is similar to a fraudulent investing programme that promises investors great return rates dependent on money from subsequent investors.

However, proponents have disputed that assessment, emphasising, among other things, the open-source public nature of digital currencies (ponzi schemes often rely on concealing some investment details in secrecy) and other societal benefits such as financial democratisation.

Regardless, as CNBC noted in December, cryptocurrency donations are becoming increasingly popular among organisations.

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