Nightingale says that every time, Google would say "oops, that was accidental" and that they would fix it in the next push in two weeks. But the oopses happened over and over again, dozens or maybe hundreds of them:
Over and over. Oops. Another accident. We’ll fix it soon. We want the same things. We’re on the same team.— Johnathan Nightingale (@johnath) April 13, 2019
There were dozens of oopses. Hundreds maybe?
I’m all for “don’t attribute to malice what can be explained by incompetence” but I don’t believe google is that incompetent.
I think they were running out the clock. We lost users during every oops. And we spent effort and frustration every clock tick on that instead of improving our product. We got outfoxed for a while and by the time we started calling it what it was, a lot of damage had been done.— Johnathan Nightingale (@johnath) April 13, 2019
This is not the first time a Firefox developer complains about sabotage from Google. However, Nightingale doesn't hold a grudge against Google, and points out Firefox's downfall was caused by Mozilla's own doing.