Dogecoin co-founder Billy Markus has charged Mozilla, the company behind the popular Firefox browser, with suspending crypto donations over reviewing the environmental impact of crypto mining and whether it is in line with the company’s existing climate goals. Markus accused Mozilla on Twitter of giving in to an “ignorant, reactionary Internet mob” after he decided to stop donations in cryptocurrency, a feature that has been active since 2014. Mozilla recently opened up for donations in Dogecoin, which eventually caused a sensation on Twitter.
Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus tweeted his rejection of the move, citing the impact of paper dollars and traditional banking infrastructure. “Wait until they find out about the environmental cost of paper dollars and all of the banking infrastructure, I’m sure they will have the same level of breakdown over their own ongoing environmental impact,” he wrote in his tweet.
To be clear, we should care about the environment, just know that when we live in a First World country and weep on Twitter, we are pretty terrible for the planet and we stop trying to pretend Like it’s all the worst thing ever and we’re all saints
– Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@ BillyM2k) January 7, 2022
The anti-crypto outcry against Mozilla began on December 31st when Mozilla reminded its users that they can donate to the Mozilla Foundation in Dogecoin, Bitcoin and Ether as the nonprofit was accepting crypto donations through the BitPay platform.
The Post received a barrage of criticism, with many skeptics claiming the nonprofit was damaging its reputation. Some of these people even threatened to cancel future donations. The rejecting choir also included Mozilla co-founder Jamie Zawinski, who has not worked on the project since 2000, but expressed his criticism vehemently.
Zawinski’s displeasure with crypto didn’t stop with the tweet. He then published a blog post on his website and wrote that the business model of the crypto industry was unrealistic. “They only produce pollution, nothing else, and they make money from it,” wrote Zawinski.
As a result, Mozilla decided to pause crypto donations and have an internal discussion about the environmental impact of the cryptocurrency. Mozilla said it will review its crypto donation guidelines and see if it is in line with its climate goals.
Mozilla has been accepting cryptocurrency donations for years, which most cryptocrites were unaware of. The charitable foundation had already partnered with Coinbase in 2014 to receive contributions in Bitcoin. Additionally, his cryptocurrency donations are instantly converted to fiat, but the very idea of legitimizing crypto seemed intolerable to large groups on Twitter. Meanwhile, in retaliation, crypto advocates are claiming that they will no longer use the Firefox browser.
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