In a move likely to be jumped on by opponents of Bitcoin Cash, Craig Wright has unexpectedly blocked Roger Ver on Twitter.
This follows a meeting between Bitcoin Cash miners and developers which was organized by Ver in an attempt to resolve conflicts within the Bitcoin Cash community over proposed updates to the code.
Twitter Users Speculate That Failed Meeting or Recent Roger Ver Tweets Was Cause
“He blocked me, but I don’t know the reason,” Roger Ver said in response to a notification that he was no longer following Craig Wright, who has become known as “Faketoshi” is some circles.
Another attendee, who reportedly is close with Wright, speculated that the rift occurred as a result of Ver’s support for Bitcoin ABC’s roadmap. Craig Wright reportedly did not attend the majority of the meeting, apparently leaving in the minutes following his own presentation. He reportedly made a brief objection to Bitcoin ABC developer Shammah Chancellor’s speech on the way out, calling it, “lies and bulls***.”
The nChain developers present reportedly made no similar objections to Chancellor’s presentation. In fact, very few people had objections to Bitcoin ABC’s proposed updates when they were presented at a developers’ meeting months ago. Craig Wright, however, attempted to demonize Bitcoin ABC’s proposals once they were promoted as a way to secure zero-confirmation transactions, which has become a heavily contested topic in some cryptocurrency circles, and referred to Bitcoin ABC as a new “BCH Blockstream”.
For those who are unaware, former Bitcoiners and current Bitcoin Cash proponents often accuse Blockstream of running a propaganda campaign that steered Bitcoin away from Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision and made it difficult for disadvantaged populations to use.
Cryptocurrency observers have noted that Roger Ver recently posted a tweet that could have been seen as a zing against Craig Wright and his patents, but could also have been a criticism against recent filings of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related patents by traditional corporations: “patents are an illegitimate government granted monopoly.”
Could A Rift in The Bitcoin Cash Community Kill Bitcoin Cash?
The reported rifts between high-profile members of the Bitcoin Cash community have caused speculation that Craig Wright and nChain will likely hard fork the Bitcoin Cash chain to create another cryptocurrency. This will likely cause even more confusion, as Bitcoin Cash supporters have claimed that it is the “real” Bitcoin Cash that restores Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision.
Craig Wright has claimed to be Bitcoin’s creator, and some longtime crypto insiders have indicated that they believe him, despite the lack of convincing evidence in favor of his claim. Wright may claim that his new cryptocurrency is another attempt to restore the original vision for Bitcoin.
On the flip side, most individuals have never heard of him before he was outspoken about his claim. Additionally, analysts of his personality and diction have indicated that they do not match the personality and phrasing of the original Satoshi Nakamoto. Some have even claimed that he does not have the skills necessary to have created Bitcoin. So could this be the move that finally kills Bitcoin Cash?
It may sound unlikely, but Bitcoin Cash may still survive, even in a weakened form with a low price, as it is likely to keep the support of its community members, especially diehard miners and developers.
Some may recall that the fact that most developers remained with Ethereum when the original chain forked into “Ethereum” and “Ethereum Classic,” which gave the original Ethereum chain its edge over Ethereum Classic. According to traditional cryptocurrency mining “rules”, the chain that can keep command of the majority of a network’s hashrate can become the longest chain or the most ‘valid’ chain by default.