Mozilla Foundation stirs criticism for accepting crypto

The non-profit behind the Firefox browser, the Mozilla Foundation, has begun accepting donations in crypto.

Whether consumers have Dogecoin, Ethereum or Bitcoin (BTC), they may donate to the foundation using BitPay.

While, the Mozilla Foundation has been accepting crypto donations since 2014 the recent level of scrutiny on crypto space has attracted negative feedback from observers.

One of the most negative comments came from Jamie Zawinski, who helped co-found the company. He expressed his beliefs on Twitter.

“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 —- you and —- this. Everyone involved in the project should be witheringly ashamed of this decision to partner with planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters.”

Zawinski has not been part of the Mozilla Foundation team for over two decades now. He helped establish the company in 1998 but decided to leave for greener pastures in 1999.

While the criticism is partially understandable, it’s also very late. Mozilla accepted – or started accepting rather – its first crypto donations in November 2014 using Coinbase back in the day.

The criticism is also perhaps a little misplaced as the Foundation has no intention of “hodling” cryptocurrency. BitPay will process the donations and pay out in FIAT currency instead, which is precisely why Mozilla has chosen BitPay to facilitate the process.

Understandably, the environmental impact on cryptocurrency has been spurring a lot of negative feedback, enough to force China to shut down its crypto mining industry. The decision was a mix of environmental as well as political reasons in the end.

While BTC may be energy-intensive, for example, the currency has also become a symbol of liberty on more than one occasion. BTC was used to fund the campaign of Aleksey Navalny, a Russian oppositionist who is serving a sentence in Siberia.

With this in mind, accepting cryptocurrency is well in line with Mozilla’s original tenets to support a free Internet.


Updated: 01/06/2022 — 20:00