Debate Over Toxicity of Bitcoin on Twitter Heats Up with Blockstream Co-Founder and CSO


  • Bitcoin community has been debating over whether they are toxic to newcomers.
  • Blockstream is divided on this opinion, as co-founder blocks CSO on Twitter.

For the last two days, the Bitcoin community on Twitter has been fighting against itself. The two sides here apparently have different opinions on their social media culture. A significant portion of the community has called itself “toxic” in the way that they treat new members of the Bitcoin world, while others say that these newbies simply can’t take the heat of the group of people they’ve joined.

The debate continued back and forth for a while, but it reached major tipping point when two members of the same crypto platform took places against each other. Matt Corallo, a co-founder, decided to block Samson Mow, Blockstream’s CSO, saying that Mow was a bully of the Bitcoin community to the newcomers. He even posted that he was “embarrassed” to be a part of the founding of Blockstream.

The situation somehow continued to get worse at that point, as the very group that was called toxic started saying that the people in the space were being too sensitive. They added that Bitcoin culture was completely separate from the treatment that new users received online.

Corallo clearly received some feedback on his statement, replying to nine separate people in a tweet after, saying that the majority of developers are:

“great human beings,” saying that “the non-devs there are… really toxic.”

Cobra, the co-owner of Bitcoin.org, made sure that Corallo did not state alone in this stance, adding that it almost looks like Bitcoin Twitter is incapable of thriving without someone to blame every week.

He added that there always has to be someone available to let the “troll mob” go after, which he feels will ultimately cause the Bitcoin community to become weak.

https://twitter.com/CobraBitcoin/status/1133137969236385792

He continued on his admonishment of the bullies of Bitcoin, adding that these trolls should instead “contribute to a project instead,” if they truly wanted to help the crypto asset. He even urged them to “be polite,” if they are unable to help in another way.

https://twitter.com/CobraBitcoin/status/1133137969236385792

Another prominent figure in Bitcoin, Jameson Lopp of CasaHODL, decided to chime in, but only to be the neutral party.

Bitcoin is presently priced at $8,713.87, losing just under 1% in the last 24 hours. Considering that the token was at the $8,700 price level only a few days ago, could the feud be impacting the price with sensitive newcomers and Twitter bullies? Maybe a change in the way that the community treats each other would have a positive impact instead.

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