Who said that all web developers necessarily support cryptocurrencies and blockchain? Mozilla had decided to “sail” on the waters of bitcoin (BTC) and its cadets, but the ship finally turned around in the face of the massive waves of protests and threats.
Mozilla and Cryptocurrencies: Error 404
On January 6, 2022, Mozilla announced in a tweet its decision to “pause the ability to donate in crypto-currencies.” The reversal comes shortly after the foundation announced that it was accepting donations in dogecoin (DOGE) and other cryptocurrencies. The organization had then drawn the ire of its users, but also of Mozilla founder Jamie Zawinski and Peter Linss, the creator of the Gecko engine on which the browser is based.
Zawinsky had some harsh words in his January 3, 2021 tweet against Mozilla and cryptocurrencies, stating that “everyone involved in the project should be terribly ashamed of this decision to partner with Ponzi schemers who are burning the planet.” Linss was no more kind to Mozilla, deeming such a browser “destined to be better than this.”
Waiting for a greener Web 3.0!
Mozilla has bowed to pressure by backing down, informing its users that it will “review whether and how [its] current policy on crypto-currency donations fits with [its] climate goals.” The browser doesn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, however, as it acknowledges that “decentralized web technology continues to be an important area to explore.”
Is a possible decision not to embrace web3 simply not an option for such a browser, when Brave (BAT) has a head start in this field and keeps doubling its growth year after year?
The cryptosphere needs to prove more than ever that the crypto industry may not be as polluting as most of its opponents believe. Solana (SOL) is already making efforts in this direction, with an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral. Each project also needs to clearly describe its purpose to combat this Ponzi Pyramid image that sticks to cryptocurrencies.