Discord drops Ethereum and NFT integration plans after backlash
Popular group messaging app Discord has been compelled to stroll again its integration plans with Ethereum (ETH)-based NFTs following robust backlash from a big variety of its consumer base.
The pushback began on Nov. 9 after Discord’s founder and CEO Jason Citron tweeted “probably nothing” accompanied by a screenshot of the app’s consumer settings web page that displayed an ETH emblem and choice to attach digital wallets reminiscent of MetaMask and Wallet Connect.
Citron was then bombarded with 1000’s of feedback calling on him to desert the plans together with customers threatening to cancel Nitro subscriptions. The crypto-skeptics asserted that NFTs are a Ponzi scheme and damaging to the atmosphere as a result of quantity of vitality consumption used to mine cryptocurrencies.
I kindly request that you simply to not have interaction within the NFT scene. I would like an app that doesn’t allow a cash laundering scheme that can also be confirmed to contribute to local weather change. The final thing that I would like as a consumer of your product is to harm the enviorment, which I care about deeply.
— ⊗.: :.⊗ (@Ghost_Manul) November 9, 2021
While Citron had commented that the function was in “pre-release” mode, on Nov. 11 he indicated it had moved to “no-release” mode:
“Thanks for all the perspectives everyone. We have no current plans to ship this internal concept. For now we’re focused on protecting users from spam, scams and fraud. Web3 has lots of good but also lots of problems we need to work through at our scale. More soon.”
Despite Discord being a generally used app amongst the crypto group — with NFT initiatives specifically utilizing the platform to construct communities — it seems that the gaming contingent (amongst others) utilizing the platform should not so keen on crypto.
A Reddit put up within the r/discordapp group on Nov. 9 titled “Please do not support NFTs” acquired round 6,400 upvotes.
User “CaboSanLukas” said that NFT tech is “a scam,” and added that: “Imagine you buy a ticket that says you own X image. But that ticket has no legal validity in any country. Also, the value of NFTs is based on pure speculation and scarcity. While “Atulin” asserted that:
“You burn a hectare of the Amazon forest to get a link to a receipt for a purchase of something. You don’t get that something, you don’t even get the receipt, you get a link to the receipt.”
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Back on Twitter, Hayden Adams, the founding father of decentralized exchange Uniswap said earlier right this moment the response Citron was getting was “pretty surreal” however reminder of how early into Web3 the world is.
“PoS + L2s will fully address environmental concerns over the next year imo, but the misunderstanding and fear will be around much longer,” he mentioned.
Those of you “against” NFTs… please look at the place you might be getting your data. NFTs are a essentially disruptive new expertise that carry organizational energy to people and bypasses companies. It’s been utilized in some cringe methods however so has the web. AMA
— Lauren Fanning (@laurfanning) November 9, 2021