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Discord Drops Plan to Integrate Ethereum After Huge Backlash

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Thu, 11/11/2021 - 18:25
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Alex Dovbnya
Discord users said a firm “No” to Ethereum, and their voices have been heard
Discord Drops Plan to Integrate Ethereum After Huge Backlash
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Popular group-chatting platform Discord has apparently shelved its plan to integrate Ethereum, according to a tweet posted by CEO Jason Citron.

Citron says that the company doesn’t plan to add such an option, adding that it is focused on protecting users from fraud and spam:     

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.

He started teasing the crypto community earlier this week, sharing a screenshot of a new feature that would seemingly allow users to connect to MetaMask and WalletConnect.

This came after Discord sent their users a survey about non-fungible tokens to gauge their opinions.   

While Ethereum fans were jubilant over the likely integration, the users of the gamer chat tool were quick to express their indignation.

Critics slammed Discord for adopting the technology that engenders scams and damages the environment. Furthermore, many pointed out that NFT creators are notorious for stealing art from artists.    

The backlash escalated when disgruntled users started tweeting about canceling their Nitro subscriptions.    

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Fearing a drop in revenue, Discord was likely forced to shelve the Ethereum functionality.

Yet, Citron’s tweet still seemingly leaves the door open for crypto in the future.

Many crypto luminaries are adamant that NFTs will explode in popularity. During Coinbase’s earnings call, CEO Brian Armstrong predicted that NFTs could end up being a bigger part of its business than crypto trading.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.