The founder of Dogecoin criticises Mozilla for suspending cryptocurrency donations
Dogecoin’s inventor chastised Mozilla for allegedly basing its decision on feedback from the “illiterate, reactionary internet mob.”
The Mozilla Foundation’s reversal on cryptocurrency elicited a response from the inventor of the world’s first meme money.
On Dec. 31, 2021, Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, tweeted that it was collecting donations in the form of Dogecoin (DOGE), Ether (ETH), and Bitcoin (BTC), along with a Bitpay payment link.
However, less than a week later, the campaign was suspended following outrage from users and Mozilla co-founder Jamie Zawinski, a programmer. Zawinski believes that everyone engaged should be ashamed of their decision to partner with planet-destroying Ponzi schemers.
Zawinski’s efforts did not end there. As a follow-up, he released a blog post on his website in which he stated that the business model for the cryptocurrency industry is implausible. “They make nothing but pollution and profit from it,” Zawinski stated.
As a result, Mozilla suspended bitcoin donations and convened an internal discussion over cryptocurrency’s environmental impact. Mozilla stated that it will evaluate its bitcoin donation policy to ensure they align with its climate aims.
In reaction, Billy Markus, the developer of Dogecoin, tweeted his criticism of the move, highlighting the influence of paper currency and traditional banking infrastructure.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, said earlier in 2021 that the company would discontinue accepting Bitcoin, citing environmental concerns as the primary cause. As a result, efforts to make cryptocurrency more environmentally friendly gained traction.
Alex Salnikov, co-founder and head of product at NFT marketplace Rarible, stated in a November interview with that the pressure to become more eco-friendly may benefit the sector. “More pressure is beneficial, as the space is speeding its push toward energy efficiency through proof-of-stake blockchains,” Salnikov explained.