Firefox users slammed the Mozilla Foundation for asking for cryptocurrency donations
The Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit that oversees the Mozilla Corporation, faced backlash after asking for cryptocurrency donations in a Tweeter.
– Mozilla (@mozilla) December 31, 2021
Its followers have not mince words, criticizing the foundation for destroying its reputation by launching Dogecoin and trying to legitimize the crypto.
Some longtime fans of Firefox, the popular web browser produced by Mozilla Corp., have said they will have no choice but to reluctantly switch to another browser because cryptography is a big deal to them. “Don’t make me download Chrome. Don’t make me do it, ”wrote one disgruntled user.
Others have also threatened to cancel their monthly donations to the California-based nonprofit.
– avalon (@uwuvalon) December 31, 2021
Datasette creator Simon Willison suggested that Mozilla would likely be surprised by the overwhelmingly negative response its cryptocurrency donation hub has received.
I am interested to know if you have been surprised at the extent of the negative response this has received.
– Simon Willison (@simonw) January 1, 2022
Firefox users have also criticized the buzzword “Web3”, joking that the Internet has to come back to “Web1”.
Mozilla now accepts Bitcoin, Ether, Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, and several other cryptocurrencies in partnership with leading crypto payment processor BitPay. His donations are immediately converted into dollars to avoid the extreme volatility associated with crypto.
With many companies getting into cryptocurrency, the backlash against them continues to grow. As reported by U.Today, Discord users forced the company to put its Ethereum integration plans on hold after threatening to mass cancel their Nitro subscriptions.
When it comes to Mozilla, however, crypto is nothing new. In 2014, the nonprofit partnered with the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange to accept Bitcoin donations.
The Mozilla Foundation invests donations received from the community in education, lobbying and research.
Firefox has a 7.87% usage share of the desktop browser market, according to StatCounter, making it the fourth most popular browser (behind Chrome, Safari, and Edge).