Toxic Crypto Twitter Drama Unfolds Between Bitcoin Developer and Blockstream’s CSO


A recent debate on Twitter has left two significant stakeholders not feeling very chummy with each other. The Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of Blockstream, Samson Mow, has ended up on the bad side of Matt Corallo who is also the firm’s co-founder, eventually being blocked by the latter.

Corallo has complained that Mow, along with a few others, is considered toxic and are ruining the peace in the online Bitcoin community. Corallo (@TheBlueMatt) later took to Twitter to express embarrassment about being a part of the creators of Blockstream. He posted a picture showing that Mow (@Excellion) had been blocked, captioned with the words:

“Best decision I’ve ever made. I’m honestly pretty embarrassed to have helped cofound @Blockstream.”

He later added that there’s a prevalent culture in the Bitcoin community where people are mean without any provocation and this was a huge problem.

“This kind of ‘let’s be mean just because it’s fun’ culture exposed by a number of @Blockstream folks and their management is a lot of what’s wrong with (a small subset) of the Bitcoin culture.”

Mow’s Side of the Story

However, explaining his own side of the story, Mow has called Corallo dramatic and said he was reluctant to even respond at all to any of the allegations especially without first giving some explanation to clear the air.

In his explanation, Mow said that the whole ruckus started when a Blockstream staff, Neil Woodfine (@nwoodfine), said something about the Bitcoin culture that Corallo was uncomfortable with. According to Mow:

“Matt messaged me directly to complain about Neil and told me to ‘keep him in line’. Neil reports to me and heads up our marketing team. I told Matt that I don’t police the thoughts of my team and that they are free to express their own opinions.”

Mow is suggesting that this is the genesis of the problem and also seemed to insinuate that it was a bad idea for Corallo to ask that Woodfine or anyone, not air their thoughts.

Is The Bitcoin Community Toxic?

According to Corallo, there are many people who think the Bitcoin community is toxic and very hostile. Mow made a statement directed at Corallo that

“ultimately, not everyone will act how you want or say the things you want to hear. But, if it bothers you a lot, you can block them, and do it without being overly dramatic.”

However, in a different tweet, Corallo explained why he made a bit of a fuss about blocking Mow. The tweet said:

“So why block @Excellion so publicly and make a big deal out of it instead of just ignoring it? Precisely because so many people have said, both to me, and publicly, that they associate this type of culture with Bitcoin, and are turned off by it.”

Is Bitcoin Affected?

The answer to this question is very easy “NO”. It’s very unlikely that some people in the online community no matter how standoffish or rude would have any real effect on the asset. However, Corallo thinks that such an unwelcoming atmosphere will definitely slow the growth of the Bitcoin community. People should be allowed to flock in as much as they want and if they see that the community is an obnoxious one and refuse to join, then the community would probably never grow.

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