Jihan Wu, the former CEO of Bitmain, the Bitcoin mining manufacturer, has absconded from social media leaving the cryptocurrency community worried, especially the co-owner of Bitcoin.org and Bitcointalk.org, known by his pseudonym Cobra.
Trouble began brewing back in November when the Bitcoin Cash community was split between Jihan Wu and Roger Ver’s Bitcoin Cash ABC and Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Cash SV. The two factions had a heated dispute, following which the coin hardforked into two new cryptocurrencies, which both currently occupy spots in the top-10 list.
Market forces dipped the prices of cryptos to a yearly low following this split. Bitmain also demoted Jihan Wu from director to supervisor in November and in the following months, rumors regarding the resignation of the co-founders Jihan Wu and Ketuan Zhan began to float.
Both Jihan Wu and Ketuan Zhan have been under fire since the close of last year. Wu was lambasted by not just Bitmain but the cryptocurrency community for backing Bitcoin Cash, which has been on a bearish spree since the hardfork, with Zhan criticized for his poor diversification decisions.
While both Jihan Wu and Ketuan Zhan will still remain a part of the company as stakeholders, Wu will be ousted as Bitmain’s CEO with an appointment imminent. However, since the news of this replacement surfaced, Jihan Wu has retreated from social media, leaving many worried.
Cobra, the co-owner of bitcoin.org and friend of Jihan Wu, voiced his concern about Wu’s “sudden disappearance”, stating:
“Jihan has disappeared off Twitter. I’m the last person he replied too on here before his sudden disappearance. Very worried about him. I can’t even imagine the stress he’s going through right now. As one human being to another, I hope you’re OK bro.”
Some Twitter users are even dwelling on the borders of lewd theories regarding the former Bitmain CEO’s disappearance, with one user stating:
“I could be completely wrong, but my admittedly low-info Westerner understanding of Chinese business culture is, if your large venture fails, there are serious, dangerous personal consequences.”
Bitmain has not been doing very well since the “crypto-winter” set in. The company’s research and development department based in Israel were cut by 50 percent. They downsized their Bitcoin Cash development team.
Furthermore, back in December 2018, Bitmain was served with a lawsuit by United American Corp., on the grounds of hardfork manipulation during the BCH split. Also, in late-November, 2018, miners filed a lawsuit against Bitmain, claiming that the company’s device mined the cryptocurrencies for the benefit on Bitmain rather than the current user.
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Economist Stephen Moore joins project touted to be ‘world’s first decentralized crypto central bank’
Stephen Moore, former member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and popular economist, recently attempted to join the Federal Reserve. Alas, he was denied the opportunity. Now, the economist is back in the news again.
According to a report by Fox Business, Moore has joined a group of entrepreneurs who plan to kick-start their very own ‘Federal entity’ named “Decentral,” which incidentally will be labelled as the “the world’s decentralized central bank.”
Sam Kazemian, CEO of Decentral, said that the endeavor’s major objective was to create a new type of central bank that would stabilize virtual assets such as Bitcoin and its counterparts. The bank would work on the same lines as the Federal Reserve does for the U.S economy. Decentral plans to carry forward responsibilities in terms of regulating the supply of cryptocurrencies in the market, in the same manner. Apparently, Decentral will also issue its own crypto tokens in the exchange for other digital assets, with the valuation of the token tied to a stable assessment method.
While Moore has been hired as a Chief Economist, it was reported that his role within the company is still “unclear.” Moore said,
“I am really excited about doing this. I hope it makes me rich.”
Moore also drew comparisons between Facebook’s recently unveiled Libra and Decentral’s offer. He stated that the Decentral crypto would offer a payment method that would be pegged to a stable currency and it would present major uniformity and reliability in the digital asset space, which is often divided among other major cryptos.
Moore added that his employment with a cryptocurrency-backed entity did not create a wedge between his work as an economist. In the current scenario, cryptocurrencies have a huge role to play in the economy, in a way not contradictory to Federal Reserve policies, he added.
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