mozilla founder slams for cryptocurrency

As a result, Bitcoin uses more energy than many countries, and much of that comes from dirty sources like coal.

Last year Tesla announced that it would accept Bitcoin payment for its EVs, and even bought up $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin to smooth the process. However, many folks pointed out that the environmental benefits of an EV could heavily reduced by the staggering amount of electricity required to mine a single Bitcoin.

Mozilla said it will continue to explore the cryptocurrency donation idea but keep folks in the loop this time. “In the spirit of open-source, this will be a transparent process and we’ll share regular updates,” the Foundation tweeted.

Not mincing words, he said that the organization should be ashamed of supporting “planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters” in a tweet that has accrued over 20,000 likes:

Hi, I’m sure that whoever runs this account has no idea who I am, but I founded @mozilla and I’m here to say f*ck you and f*ck this. Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.

Due to the extremely negative response, Mozilla announced that it had paused cryptocurrency donations on Thursday, acknowledging the adverse impact of cryptocurrencies on climate.

Ironically, Mozilla had been accepting cryptocurrency donations for years, unbeknownst to crypto critics. It partnered with the Coinbase exchange all the way back in 2014 to start receiving contributions in Bitcoin.

Mozilla founder slams for cryptocurrency


Cryptocurrencies have come under significant scrutiny for their impact on the environment and the fact that the bulk of supposed crypto wealth seems to currently be available to a limited few.)

Peter Linss, who made the Gecko engine that underpins Firefox, tweeted his disapproval to Mozilla as well. “What. The. Actual. Fuck,” he said. “You were meant to be better than this.” And it’s not just them — many quote-tweets of Mozilla’s December 31st post are brutal.

On Thursday, Mozilla addressed the situation in a Twitter thread. “Last week, we tweeted a reminder that Mozilla accepts cryptocurrency donations,” Mozilla said.

Because while at this point Mozilla is a largely rudderless privacy-focused advocacy organization instead of a software project, the Long Now Foundation is putatively all about long-term thinking.”

He added that there was “literally nothing in the modern tech ecosystem more short-sighted than the gambling instrument and ecological disaster that we know as cryptocurrencies.”

We’ve asked Mozilla for comment. ®

Updated to add

Following this article, Mozilla tweeted it’s pondering a U-turn on its cryptocurrency donations: “We are reviewing if and how our current policy on crypto donations fits with our climate goals.

Mozilla, the nonprofit organization that makes the Firefox web browser, announced Thursday that it would be pausing the ability to accept cryptocurrency donations following significant backlash spurred in part by a Mozilla founder, Jamie Zawinski (via Business Insider).

Zawinski, who stopped working for mozilla.org in 1999, tweeted scathing criticism to a December 31st Mozilla tweet promoting that it accepted cryptocurrency donations. Mozilla began accepting bitcoin for donations in 2014.

“Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters,” Zawinski said on January 3rd.

Not mincing words, he said that the organization should be ashamed of supporting “planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters” in a tweet that has accrued over 20,000 likes:

Hi, I’m sure that whoever runs this account has no idea who I am, but I founded @mozilla and I’m here to say f*ck you and f*ck this. Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.

Due to the extremely negative response, Mozilla announced that it had paused cryptocurrency donations on Thursday, acknowledging the adverse impact of cryptocurrencies on climate.

Ironically, Mozilla had been accepting cryptocurrency donations for years, unbeknownst to crypto critics.

Mozilla Project.

The foundation, which oversees the development of the Firefox browser, on Thursday acknowledged conversations around the environmental impact that cryptocurrencies potentially pose and said it is reviewing whether its current policy on crypto donations “fits with our climate goals.”

“Decentralized web technology continues to be an important area for us to explore, but a lot has changed since we started accepting crypto donations,” the foundation said in a tweet thread, pledging to be forthcoming about the updates of its review.

The foundation started to face backlash after it invited people to donate to the American nonprofit firm via using a variety of crypto tokens, including bitcoin.

In response to its tweet, Jamie Zawinski (a founder of Mozilla) expressed dismay at the foundation’s move.

After announcing that it would accept cryptocurrency donations last week, the Mozilla Foundation has put them on hold following critical comments from a Mozilla founder and numerous others, TechCrunch reported. “Starting today we are reviewing if and how our current policy on crypto donations fits with our climate goals,” the company tweeted.” And as we conduct our review, we will pause the ability to donate cryptocurrency.”

Mozilla announced the new policy with a jokey tweet, saying folks who “dabble in @dogecoin” or are “HODLing some #Bitcoin & Ethereum” can donate their crypto directly to the foundation. That was met by a caustic reply from Mozilla co-founder Jamie Zawinski. “F*** you and f*** this,” he tweeted.

wait till them guys hear about the environmental cost of paper dollars and the entire banking infrastructure, i am sure they will have the same level of meltdown about their own constant environmental impact https://t.co/jInIaIA0DS

— Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) January 7, 2022

He went on to describe outrage culture as “cringe” in a follow-up tweet.

As reported by U.Today, Mozilla told its Twitter followers that it had started accepting donations in Dogecoin, Bitcoin, Ethereum and a slew of other cryptocurrencies in partnership with BitPay, the number one crypto payment processor.

The tweet was met with scathing criticism, with detractors accusing the California-based non-profit of destroying its reputation and threatening to cancel recurring donations.

Mozilla.org co-founder Jamie Zawinski joined the backlash on Monday.

Dogecoin’s creator slams Mozilla Firefox

Image Source: U. Today

Billy Markus, Dogecoin’s creator slams Mozilla Firefox after the platform suggested that adopting the cryptocurrency DOGE was equivalent to joining a Ponzi scheme. Furthermore, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been chastised for the environmental damage they have created.

In his Twitter account, Markus mentioned the following:

thank you for succumbing to an ignorant, reactionary internet mob

wait till them guys hear about the environmental cost of paper dollars and the entire banking infrastructure, i am sure they will have the same level of meltdown about their own constant environmental impact https://t.co/jInIaIA0DS

— Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) January 7, 2022

“Thank you for giving in to a regressive, stupid internet crowd.

Mozilla announced on Twitter that donations to its foundation will now be accepted in DOGE. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum were already accepted by Mozilla Firefox.

Dabble in @dogecoin? HODLing some #Bitcoin & #Ethereum?

We’re using @BitPay to accept donations in #cryptocurrencyhttps://t.co/EOsLD1Z88O

— Mozilla (@mozilla) December 31, 2021

Bitcoin proponents such as Ari Paul, CEO, and founder of BlockTower Capital, have weighed in on the subject, claiming that cryptocurrencies are aiding the spread of renewable energy.

Zawinski wrote on his personal blog a few hours later: “I’m grateful for whatever role I had in persuading them to reverse that dreadful choice.

When people learn about the environmental cost of paper money and the entire banking infrastructure, I’m sure they’ll have a similar meltdown over their own continual environmental damage.”

The remarks imply that Mozilla was “naive enough” to believe random statements on the internet in order to placate the baying hordes eager to partake in some cancel culture without knowing all the facts.

DOGE and Mozilla controversy

The group started a few days ago that it will “immediately discontinue the option to give via cryptocurrencies.” The team claims to be in an open discussion regarding the potential environmental harm that can result from receiving cryptocurrency donations, stating:

“We’re looking into whether our existing cryptocurrency donation policy aligns with our climate objectives.”

On December 31, 2021, the dispute began.

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