Mozilla Revokes Its Decision About Accepting Crypto Donations

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A few days after The Mozilla Foundation announced that they’ll be accepting cryptocurrency donations, the firm revoked the decision. The move followed a major community backlash and criticism from co-founder Jamie Zawinski.

Last week, the development company which built the Firefox browser tweeted that they’ll be accepting donations in cryptos. However, on Thursday, Mozilla announced that it had halted crypto donations following the online backlash revolving around the negative impact caused by cryptos.

“Last week, we tweeted a reminder that Mozilla accepts cryptocurrency donations. This led to an important discussion about cryptocurrency’s environmental impact. We’re listening, and taking action.” Mozilla said on Twitter.

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The firm said that it will not stop exploring decentralized web technology. However, crypto donations will only be accepted again if they’re compliant with climate goals. Mozilla added that they are transparent about the review process and sharing updates.

The story began on December 31 when Mozilla made a call for crypto donations via the BitPay platform.

The drama began on Dec. 31 when the organization put out a call for cryptocurrency donations via the BitPay platform.

The post about the nonprofit saw massive criticism from community members including the company’s co-founder Zawinski. Although Zawinski hasn’t been involved with Mozilla for two decades, the co-founder criticized the move saying that “Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.”

Zawinski published on his blog about the crypto industry arguing that the technology has an unrealistic business model. He added that the crypto industry turns pollution into money.

Meanwhile, some community members asked Mozilla to delete the call for donations via cryptos.

Twitter user Mcbyrne said, “Bitcoin is bad for [the] climate,” while Seglegs questioned why Mozilla was an “enabling environmental catastrophe” by supporting crypto.