Ex-TRON CTO Zhiqiang Chen Denies Justin Sun’s Accusations of Misconduct and Violations


Zhiqiang Chen, the former CTO of Tron, has refuted the accusations imposed on him by Justin Sun, the founder of Tron. Justin claims that Chen was responsible for bribery, misappropriation and other transgressions during his tenure at Tron.

The two have been at war since Chen recently announced that he left Tron to create a competing blockchain known as the Volume Network. Chen was appointed as the CTO of Tron shortly after its ICO in late 2017. He left the project because he feels that the delegated proof-of-stake mechanism implemented on the network contradicts the principle of decentralization. Precisely, he mentioned that the majority of the nodes that have the most TRX votes are controlled by Tron.

Additionally, Chen asserted that he created the technology platform on which the Tron network operates. He further added that he knows that the network can’t support real internet applications. This means that it could take time for the network to support commercial applications.

Notably, the Volume Network team consists of several former employees of the Tron blockchain. Some prominent names include Jinchao Zhu, previously a DApp product manager at Tron, and Xiaodong Xie, previously a blockchain developer at Tron.

The Accusations

On his part, Justin claims that Chen and his team were fired for breaching company regulations following an investigation by the firm’s discipline department. Apparently, Chen was infringing corporate trade secrets and intellectual properties, which prompted his dismissal. Furthermore, Sun revealed that he was just an ordinary employee at the time of his sacking.

Despite the claims, Justin didn’t specify what evidence they had gathered against Chen and his colleagues.

The Response

This week, the Volume Network responded to the allegations made by Dun through a blog post. Chen also stated that he would file a lawsuit against Sun for defamation if he persists with the accusations.

Speaking to CoinDesk, Chen vehemently denied the claims made by Sun. He added that if he was really a criminal, he wouldn’t have convinced technical talents to join his blockchain project. Moreover, he proved that he was not an ‘ordinary employee’ by showing a Tron GitHub repository where his name is listed as the firm’s CTO.

In conclusion, Chen said that he was surprised that Justin identified him as an ordinary tech guy. He further stated that this shows the level of disregard that Justin has on tech guys. According to Chen, Justin has no right to insult the invaluable contribution of such professionals.

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