Mozilla Suspends Crypto Donations Following Criticism That Crypto “Incinerates The Planet”

Mozilla Suspends Crypto Donations Following Criticism That Crypto “Incinerates The Planet”

The Mozilla Foundation has suspended crypto donations following a community reaction sparked by criticism from co-founder Jamie Zawinski.

In the past week, the developer of the Firefox browser tweeted an appeal for cryptocurrency donations.

But on Thursday Mozilla announced that it had suspended cryptocurrency donations due to online discussion about the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies.

Mozilla said it would continue to explore decentralized web technology, but would only resume crypto donations if they fit in with its climate goals. He said that in the spirit of open source, Mozilla will be transparent in the review process and share constant updates.

The problem started on December 31 when The organization called for cryptocurrency donations through the BitPay platform.

The nonprofit’s post drew disapproval from some members of its community., including Zawinski from Mozilla. Although he has not been associated with Mozilla since 2000, he criticized the organization in the harshest possible terms:

“Everyone involved in the project should be ashamed of this decision to partner with Ponzi scammers incinerating the planet.”

In a blog posted on his website Wednesday, Zawinski spoke about the cryptocurrency industry and what, according to him, is its unrealistic business model. Zawinski argues that industry manufactures pollution and turns it into money.

Some community members asked Mozilla to drop their call for donations and to explain to what extent accepting cryptocurrencies was in line with its mission to fight the current climate crisis.

Twitter user Mcbyrne He said: “Bitcoin is bad for [el] weather”, while Seglegs questioned why Mozilla was “perpetuating the environmental catastrophe” by supporting cryptocurrencies.

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Some community members pointed to a company blog on the organization’s climate commitments on January 21, 2021, quoting CEO Mitchell Baker speaking about his and Mozilla’s commitment to protecting the environment and fighting the climate crisis.

According to The New York Times, Bitcoin (BTC) mining consumes more than 91 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, almost 0.5% of global annual electricity consumption.

Mozilla is the latest high-profile example to face the ire of some users after making announcements related to cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). In recent months, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Kickstarter, and Discord have faced criticism for the environmental effects of mining and have raised concerns about cryptocurrency-related scams and fraud.

The popular video game company Square Enix faced criticism from gamers on social media when its president, Yosuke Matsuda, showed his appreciation for blockchain games, NFTs, and the metaverse over the weekend. However, money speaks louder than keyboard warriors, and their comments led to an 8% rise in the stock price.

The video game giant Ubisoft faced harsh criticism from its users when announcing the launch of NFTs in the game on December 7. Despite a significant backlash, Ubisoft will continue its initiative in the form of dynamic NFTs with Aleph.im.

Also in early December, Kickstarter announced its plans to develop a decentralized crowdfunding platform. Some users threatened to leave the platform due to the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies.

On the 9th of november, Discord CEO Jason Citron shared a tweet signaling the company’s intention to allow users to connect a crypto wallet to their accounts. Users expressed concern and they discussed the amount of energy required to process blockchain transactions and the potential for money laundering and crypto and NFT scams.

Just two days after posting the tweet, Citron retracted, saying the company had no current plans to integrate Web3 concepts and is committed to protecting its users. from fraud, spam and scam.

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