- Wikimedia Foundation is undergoing pressure for accepting crypto donations.
- Molly White has submitted a proposal to stop accepting crypto donations.
- The decision for this proposal will not taken by the majority of support.
An American foundation, Wikimedia Foundation is undergoing pressure from users after three years of accepting cryptocurrency donations. In 2019, a non-profit organization behind Wikipedia has started accepting crypto donations through BitPay. But it was in the pressure from contributors to disable the crypto donation option over environmental concerns.
Furthermore, Molly White (GorillaWarfare) has submitted a proposal to stop accepting cryptocurrency donations. According to the proposal, crypto acceptance does not align with Wikimedia’s commitments to making active efforts to improve environmental sustainability. White stated Wikimedia and it team support for crypto an endorsement of the cryptocurrency industry but suggested that the risk of the organization’s reputation will spoiled as a result of it prolonged acceptance of crypto.
More so, one of the Wikimedia users Gamaliel has also supported the proposal by White. Gamaliel mentions, “Long overdue, accepting cryptocurrency makes a joke out of the WMF’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Eventually, the other user ATDT, questioned whether continuing to accept cryptocurrency donations in 2022 is a particularly meaningful signal. Also, the user mentioned that, accepting USD signals endorsement of the system of labor exploitation and environmental despoliation that underpin global capitalism.
Meanwhile, many other Wikimedia users opposed the proposal which was made by White. Even more, the page notes that the decision for this proposal will not be taken by the majority of support, it taken by the merits of the arguments presented.
Hence more, during the discussion, Mozilla’s decision to stop crypto donations also cited. In the past week, Jamie Zawinski, co-founder of Mozilla has publicly opposed the Mozilla Foundation’s continued accepting cryptocurrency donations to support its browser.