Google Play Store Temporarily Removes Bitcoin.com Wallet, Crypto Community Freaks Out
Earlier today, the Google Play Store removed the Bitcoin.com wallet. The crypto community responded predictably, with “BCash” haters calling it a just response to a scam artist and Bitcoin Cash supporters claiming it will be back online shortly.
As far as we can tell, the Bitcoin.com wallet encountered a minor issue and will be back online later today. Roger Ver (/u/MemoryDealers) confirmed the news in a post on Reddit:
“We are already working on the issue and it should be back online later today.”
As of 14:15 EST, however, the wallet is still not listed on the Google Play Store. It’s now been about 5 hours since the Bitcoin.com wallet was removed from the Android app store.
For those out of the loop, Roger Ver controls Bitcoin.com and the Bitcoin.com wallet. Bitcoin.com is one of the more fork-friendly online outlets available today, and the Bitcoin.com wallet has been “accused” of promoting both BCH and BTC.
As one of the most prominent bitcoin wallets available online today, Bitcoin.com has a major influence on the community, and some don’t like how Bitcoin.com is using that influence to highlight both versions of bitcoin. Bitcoin.com lets users make their own choice about which version of bitcoin to support. However, since BTC maximalists don’t see BCH as a “legitimate” version of BTC, they see Roger Ver and Bitcoin.com as attempting to confuse the community.
BTC supporters hate Roger Ver. They call him a scam artist for supporting BCH. They’re the same people who taunt BCH supporters with slurs of “BCash” online.
Yes, the BCH versus BTC divide continues to be a mess.
The BTC maximalist part of the community responded predictably to news of the Bitcoin.com wallet being removed from the Google Play Store
Conan O’Bitcoin (@ConanOBitcoin), for example, tweeted:
— Conan O'Bitcoin (@ConanOBitcoin) September 12, 2018
“Google Play just took down the Bitcoin dot com wallet. Enough people have been scammed buying Roger's fake version of #bitcoin. 👏🖕 #bcrash”.”
The community quickly responded saying that the wallet is scheduled to be back online later today, and that the whole event appears to be a non-issue. Nonetheless, BTC supporters continue to celebrate the news on censored forums like /r/bitcoin.
“Google Play finally take down the Roger’s fake bitcoin wallet,” explains the top post on /r/bitcoin at the moment.
Roger Ver is a moderator at the /r/btc subreddit and he owns Bitcoin.com. He does not, however, have any control over /r/bitcoin. The moderators of that forum are notorious for banning dissenting opinions, leading to an echo chamber of BTC maximalists repeating the same comments over and over again.
In that same Reddit thread, some /r/bitcoin users accused Google of being complicit in the “Bitcoin.com wallet scam”, claiming that Google was making money from Bitcoin Cash in some way or another.
“Google owned by Bilderberg confirmed,” writes one of the top comments in the thread.
That comment, of course, did not lead to a ban from /r/bitcoin.
I don’t need to mention that it seems unlikely that Google would take a position on the BCH versus BTC debate. I don’t see any way that Google would have profited from Bitcoin Cash or has any interest in the BTC versus BCH debate.
In any case, this is more BCH versus BTC drama from people who are clearly passionate about the two versions of bitcoin. We expect the Bitcoin.com wallet to re-appear online within the next few hours. If it’s not back up by the end of the day, however, then community speculation will continue to run rampant.