The founder of decentralized blockchain-based storage network Filecoin (FIL), Juan Benet, denied recent reports that miners are protesting the platform.
“I was asked about a supposed ‘Miner Strike’ — This is nonsense,” Benet tweeted a couple of hours ago. “There is no strike. Miners are proving their storage just fine. There’s been no power loss out of the ordinary in the network. Miners are following the protocol, and making a TON of money doing so.”
He claimed that, if it were plausible to” ‘strike’ on a mindless blokchain,” it would mean not creating blocks or preventing the storage proving process, and he presented data that implies blocks being made, top miner earning USD 352,000 in a day, and the top 50 earning USD 3.7m in a day. He claimed that the fact is much different than a strike and that some miners need to use the circumstance to get more money, attempting “all kinds of manipulative tactics.”
As reported, the news began broadcasting over the Cryptoverse that a mere day after Filecoin’s mainnet launch on October 15, miners started a walkout against the network’s economic model, which supposedly would urge them to buy FIL tokens to even begin mining, and after they already funded thousands of dollars in equipment.
Shortly after, the Filecoin team chose to release 25% token rewards instantly, with no vesting. On the contrary, the rest will be issued within 180 days as initially stated, but Benet said that this was not in response to any miner protest but something the team discussed for weeks.
In a different section of the thread, Benet responded to an earlier tweet by Tron (TRX) ‘s founder Justin Sun, apparently blaming Filecoin and Benet himself of fraud and exit scam, “dumping” FIL on exchanges without community consent, etc. And though Sun got his fair share of criticism for the post, Benet was also criticized for the way he responded, with entrepreneur and Cake co-founder Julian Hosp stating that Benet attacked the man (Sun) instead of providing arguments against his position.
Finally, Benet said that the team behind Filecoin, Protocol Lab, is working with a yet-to-be-announced partner to “provide small loans to miners from now until broader loan markets take off,” promising more information during the week.
While Benet’s lengthy Twitter thread responses ranged from encouraging to denunciatory, others are still doubting the effect the situation will have on Chinese miners in distinct.
At pixel time (09:40 UTC), FIL, ranked 36th by market capitalization, trades at USD 32 and is up by 3% in a day and 32% in a week.
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