Sure, it may have actually been around seven years ago now that Mozilla started accepting cryptocurrencies as donations, but with a tweet last week reminding folks of this fact, it seems that the company has stepped into a pile of public relations doo doo. Jamie Zawinski, who credits himself as “one of the founders of Netscape and Mozilla.org,” replied to the tweet and did not mince words.
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.
For my money, I think it was the “planet-incinerating Ponzi grifters” turn of phrase that really set Twitter aflame. After all, as we learned earlier this year, nothing moves the social media needle more than moral outrage.
Peter Linss, one of the creators of the Gecko browser engine on which Mozilla Firefox is based, also stepped in to back up Zawinski, saying that he was 100% with him and that Mozilla was “meant to be better than this.”