After Mozilla recently began accepting donations via BitPay, many people started being vocal about cancelling Mozilla and Firefox and switching to other browsers.

I know crypto sucks, but don't y'all realize that the other browser engines are developed by megacorps that are LEAGUES ahead in terms of ecologic impact, and that are almost entirely built on top of evil business models?

Mozilla's only sin was accepting donations via BitPay. Please let's stop being so toxic about everything, and boycott BitPay and Bitcoin rather than Mozilla, shall we?

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@avalos Only sin? How about the fact that the only reason they exist being that they get paid half a billion dollars a year by Google to allow Google to track their users by default on their browser?

Mozilla is not what you think it is (or what they say they are.)

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@avalos Right. So as Mozilla’s head of public policy once told me: “we’re just another Silicon Valley tech company, why are you holding us to a higher standard?”

Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because you don’t tell people that that’s what you are.

@aral Indeed, they're just another Silicon Valley tech company, but I personally think they're not even a bit close to what other Silicon Valley tech companies are doing. Mozilla is not as evil as you think, maybe we should relax.

@aral I'm also aware of your rants against Mozilla, and I agree to some extent, but well, I don't think they have infinite options, they need the money and the web is too expensive to maintain, as some have pointed out, including myself.

@avalos They never should have made a deal with the devil to begin with; never should have become a half-billion dollar public relations vehicle for Silicon Valley.

But, hey, don’t take my word for it…

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@aral How else do you expect them to make enough money to maintain a web browser? You will give them the half-billion dollars instead?

@avalos It doesn’t take half a billion dollars a year to make a browser. It takes half a billion dollars a year to sustain a half-billion dollar company. But in answer to your question, we should be funding an independent organisation with a clearly drafted constitution through our taxes.

@aral A tax funded independent organisation? Is it possible to be tax funded and independent at the same time?

@avalos Yep, it’s possible if you create the right legal structures and provide constitutional protection of the funding, thereby decoupling it from short-term political interference.

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