Mozilla Firefox Suspends Crypto Donations.
The Mozilla Foundation the non profit arm of Firefox browser has temporarily stopped ability to accept donations in cryptocurrencies following a backlash from scores of people, including a founder of the Mozilla Project.
According to Techcrunch, 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. “Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters,” he said, adding an expletive.
Peter Linss, the founder of Gecko, the engine that powered the browser, joined the conversation in telling Mozilla that it was “meant to be better than this.”
This isn’t the first time a major firm has faced backlash — or distanced itself from Bitcoin — because of environmental concerns. In May last year, Tesla suspended accepting bitcoin as payment for its vehicles, just months after introducing the option.
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