Mozilla founders flame company for buying into cryptocurrency fad

There's nothing more satisfying than watching a company founder return to lambast the company for losing touch. That's just what's happened with Firefox developer Mozilla who has been criticised for buying into cryptocurrency.

Two Mozilla founders criticise the company

At the very end of 2021, Mozilla announced that it would be accepting donations in multiple forms of cryptocurrency. The company announced that donations will now be available via BitPay, allowing fans to send in Bitcoin, DogeCoin or Ethereum.

The announcement was quickly criticised by company founder Jamie “jwz” Zawinski. As one of the original creators of the open source Netscape Navigator, Zawinski is one of the core experts of Internet technology. And he's not a fan of cryptocurrency.

In response to the introduction of cryptocurrency into the browser, Zawinski said:

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

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Firefox engine designer joins in

Zawinski isn't the only Firefox contributor to criticise the company for its move towards cryptocurrency. After the Mozilla founder publicly flamed the company, browser developer Peter Linss joined the fray.

Linss, who developed Gecko — the engine that powers Firefox — slammed the company for the same reason as Zawinski. Just like the Netscape developer, Linss expressed disappointment at the company's crypto focus.

He tweeted:

“I expect you don't know me either, but I designed Gecko, the engine your browser is built on. And I'm 100% with Jwz on this. What. The. Actual. F*ck. You were meant be better than this”.

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