Why Roger Ver Got Confrontational Against Bitcoin (BTC) and Blockstream Supporters


Earlier this week, Roger Ver, a diehard promoter of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) uploaded a video footage which was taken in the course of the Huobi Carnival in Korea. In the video, some members from the Bitcoin Core community were recorded while discussing on the topic of suppression, freedom of speech among other interrelated issues.

In the course of the event, Ver took the two members by surprise by using his camera team, whereby he charged an impromptu conversation at them. At the time, Bitcoin.com’s Ver unexpectedly asked Ruben Somsen, the co-moderator of r/Bitcoin Subreddit a number of questions.

The Suitability Of Censorship Outside Of Outside Members

One of the questions that Ver asked was concerning the suitability of censoring outside members from the Bitcoin Core community. In his response, the moderator said that the sentiments of both the Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Cash communities are in many ways conflicting, thus necessitating the need for moderation in the groups.

Consequently, Somsen recommended that restraint does not stand against the liberty of speaking one’s mind. This is because expressing views on a number of forums is an effective solution to the issue at hand.

Somsen further asserts that having several avenues that permit diverse opinions and views in a number of places is good. This is because it is not appropriate for users in both communities to engage in unnecessary conflicts.

Following the repeatedly intense discussions on the particular subject, Ver went on to discuss the wordings of the initial Bitcoin whitepaper which was assembled by the founder, Satoshi Nakamoto.

The Question Of Bitcoin’s Whitepaper

When asked whether Bitcoin’s white paper which focused on the peer-to-peer automated cash structure is a representation of Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash, Somsen responded by asserting that the question lacks relevance. He also said that it is theoretically not possible to give a clear description of the whitepaper. This therefore makes no sense to deviate from accurate phrasing of the whitepaper.

Even though the conversation continued for a significant period of time, the subjects were however quite comparable. The discussion did not however come to a positive conclusion as a result of the extreme abrasion which was evident between Somsen and Ver.

At some point, Somsen implored Ver to show him the video footage of the interview prior to posting it. This did not however stop Ver from posting it online, a situation which led to Blockstream accusing him of being unscrupulous and insolent.

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