Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision Leader Craig Wright Snarls at Notion of BSV Blockchain Hosting Child Images
An article on The Next Web’s, “Hard Fork”, revealed that the newest member to the “Bitcoin hard fork” family, Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) had child abuse images on the blockchain. The statements were quickly rebuked by nChain’s CTO and one of the biggest proponents of Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, Craig Wright. The issue escalated further on Twitter as Craig and the editor of Hard Fork, Dimitar Mihov.
Hard Fork Reports On Child Abuse On BSV’s Blockchain
The article written by David Canellis on February 4th on TNW’s Hard Fork reported that the BSV blockchain had images promoting child abuse on the blockchain. The action is irreversible and the images will remain on the chain forever due to blockchain’s immutability. The “get it right once, or wrong forever” law that governs blockchain has been criticized with such acts being highlighted.
The Bitcoin SV community allowed increased the data size of transactions allowing media files such as audio, videos, images and other files to be stored permanently on the platform. According to the report by David, the illegal content on the BSV network was uploaded through the Money Button payment app. The app allows users to easily create transactions on the BSV network.
While the immutability of the blockchain will keep these illegal images on the blockchains forever, a hard fork can wipe off the chain with the images. The report further stated that it was possible that the one who uploaded the images was doing so to prove a point.
nChain Offers A Response To The Child Abuse Images Claim
The claims that the increase in data size was the issue that aided the illicit act was refuted by the CEO of nChain, Jimmy Nguyen when responding to the matter. Jimmy further said that the BSV network development team will work on making the platform safer as there will always be the ‘bad players’ in the system. Stopping them is the solution saying,
“The answer does not lie in limiting the data capacity of the platform. Instead, responsible service providers operating on the BSV blockchain will take measures to prevent writing to or reading from the blockchain any content that is illegal.”
Every transaction made on the blockchain, however, has a digital signature from which agencies can track whoever distributes the images. According to Nguyen if found liable, you will be charged in court.
The other big voice in nChain, Craig Wright, also took to his Twitter to pass the article as a target on Bitcoin Satoshi Vision. He wrote that illegal incidences such as these occur on various such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) hence mentioning BSV network is placing the spotlight on the latter alone.
The CTO further called for The Next Web to extract the same from the blockchains running the illegal activities as well. Craig threatened to get the Financial Service Authority (FSA0 in the U.K in the matter if no extraction is carried out.
Hard Fork’s Chief Editor And Craig Wright Exchange Responses On The Matter.
Dimitar Mihov, the chief editor of the article dismissed the calls for extraction claiming that the exposed dome on BSV network was opening up a blind curtain in the industry. The article is still on the website and as of Wednesday 6th February 2019, no extraction on other blockchains has been done.
Craig Wright wrote in response saying,
“The law accounts for this and allows OSPs that do not filter and transmit in no knowledge of what is incorporated are not liable. Commercial nodes are protected. The idea of a “full validating node” could be at risk. But, ones that are OSPs is not.”