On December 31, the Mozilla Foundation announced through a tweet its decision to accept donations in cryptocurrencies. These could in particular be made in bitcoins, ethers and dogecoins thanks to a partnership concluded with BitPay. However, the announcement will have aroused strong reactions within the community of Mozilla, pushing the latter to backtrack. Explanations.
A shameful decision according to the founder of Mozilla
Founder of Mozilla, Jamie Zawinski did not appreciate the fact that the Foundation of the famous web browser associates his image with cryptocurrencies. ” Everyone involved in the scheme should be terribly ashamed of this decision to partner with a Ponzi scheme that is incinerating the planet “, did he declare. His displeasure was shared by thousands of people who did not hesitate to make it known on the publication of Mozilla. The Foundation finally reacted on January 6 to announce the suspension of the measure.
“Decentralized web technology continues to be an important area for us to explore, but a lot has changed since we started accepting cryptocurrency donations. Starting today, we are reviewing if and how our current crypto donation policy aligns with our climate goals. And while we conduct our review, we will pause the ability to donate cryptocurrency.», Specifies the answer of Mozilla.
The issue of the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies
Cryptocurrencies face a lot of criticism regarding their energy consumption. In September 2021, theNew York Timesreported that bitcoin mining requires more electricity than needed to power some countries. The impact of the entire operating chain, from mining cryptocurrencies to carrying out transactions and the resulting electronic waste, continues to be debated.
Mozilla has now decided to take an interest in the issue of the effect of cryptocurrencies on the climate and will assess how it intends to move forward. “In the spirit ofopen source, it will be a transparent process and we will share regular updates. We look forward to having this conversation and appreciate our community for bringing this to our attention.says the Mozilla Foundation.
The reluctance of the community on the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies finally got the better of the decision of the Mozilla Foundation. However, they could not prevent cryptocurrency donations from increasing by almost 600% in 2021.
Source: PCMag UK
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