Vitalik Buterin supported the destruction of Ethereum (ETH) coins owned by stakeholder-collaborators.
Programmer Lefteris Karapetsas recently asked several cryptocurrency companies, such as exchanges Coinbase and Kraken, how they would act if the authorities required validators registered on their platforms not to validate certain transactions on the ETH network. Lefteris suggested as options for answers:
- Comply with the government’s demands;
- Shut down the service to preserve the integrity of the blockchain.
Cryptocompanies have not yet responded to Karapetsas’ publication, so blogger Eric Wall decided to conduct a public opinion survey and asked members of the cryptocommunity what they would do if network nodes go along with officials:
- Consider the validators’ actions as an attack on the Ethereum blockchain and support burning the coins they have blocked;
- Allow them to censor the network.
Buterin expectedly chose the first option and sided with the freedom fighters in stopping attempts to restrict the blockchain. So far, 62% of those surveyed responded exactly as Vitalik did, and only 9.3% agreed to tolerate censorship. 28.7% chose the “Show results” option.