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Firefox browser’s non-profit organization, The Mozilla Foundation, announced on Saturday that it has started accepting donations in Dogecoin using BitPay. The open-source community didn’t buy the idea.

There was a swift backlash, as some threatened to cancel their donations to the foundation. However, these critics have failed to consider that, Mozilla has been accepting crypto donations since 2014. Nevertheless, one notable critics of the foundation getting involved with crypto came from the co-founder of Mozilla itself.

On Jan.3, 2022, Jamie Zawinski, co-founder of Mozilla.org, wrote that:

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

The acceptance of Bitcoin and crypto donations by Mozilla can be dated back to November 2014. This period, they achieved this through Coinbase. With BitPay, Mozilla can take different crypto donations, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, USD Coin, Litecoin, Shiba Inu and Dogecoin.

However, note that Mozilla may fail to hold and receive crypto itself when it’s all said and done.  The impact of cryptocurrencies on the environment has become a hot issue and a usual critique against the industry. It’s known that proof-of-work blockchains i.e. Bitcoin are energy-intensive and their carbon footprints rival that of some nations.

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