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Litecoin [LTC] creator Charlie Lee elucidates on the fungibility of Bitcoin and Litecoin

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Litecoin [LTC] creator Charlie Lee elucidates on fungibility of Bitcoin and Litecoin
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Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin, elucidated on Fungibility, during the thirteenth episode of Magical Crypto Friends. Here, even Samson Mow, the CSO of Blockstream, opined on the same topic by adding the concept of tainted coins.

Prior to speaking about Fungibility, the creator of one of the world’s largest cryptocurrencies emphasized on the importance of privacy and fungibility and added that they are the next battleground for the currency. Moreover, Litecoin is currently looking into Confidential Transactions, in order to ensure that the coin is fungible, according to the announcement made by Charlie Lee earlier this month on Twitter.

During the discussion, Lee explained Fungibility as,

“So, fungibility basically means that each unit of the coin or money whatever it is is indistinguishable and cannot be discriminated against. Right, so if you, for example, I like give you go to a store and need to pay like $5 for a cup of coffee and you pick up a $20 bill from there from wallet you don’t really care which one you take out it they’re exactly the same to the recipient.”

However on the contrary, this is not the same case with Bitcoin and Litecoin, implied Charlie. He added that a person’s account is shut down if Bitcoin or Litecoin is being sent from a darknet marketplace or a gambling site or any place that is not approved by regulations. He said,



“So, the coins that you spend are not fungible so a lot of times even myself when I’m spending coins I have to like decide which output to you use right if I just buy the coins for an exchange I may not know may not want someone to know how many coins I have or link to my other coins and I choose an output that came from somewhere else”

He went on to say,

“And that’s just not a very good way not very good money when you have to do that so something like confidential transactional will help right it will make amounts blind it so you don’t know how much you’re spending how much people won’t be able to see how many coins you’re actually spending that helps a lot with privacy but it’s not it’s not a perfect solution like you need some route privacy also so you can’t track coins.”

This was followed with Samson Mow speaking about Fungibility and tainted coins. He said,

“The whole idea of taint also comes into play. So the idea that some coins are dirty some are clean because some might have been used for you know on Silk Road or whatever so they’re dirty coins and some coins are cleaner. So you might want like straight off the coin base from from a mining or maybe one hop away from mining mining pools wallet or something like that but having this kind of differentiation between different coins at least theoretically is bad for the ecosystem because then your money is not sound money it’s not really good.”





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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra

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Bitcoin’s [BTC] biggest threat is its users, not governments, says Bitcoin.org’s Cobra
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Bitcoin [BTC], the world’s largest cryptocurrency, saw a significant surge earlier this month, helping the coin break strong resistance at $5,000 and $5,200. Following the great fall of the king coin in early 2018, the Bitcoin ecosystem was struggling with scalability and technological issues, eventually leading to the hard fork.

Bitcoin.org’s Cobra, who is also the co-owner of Bitcointalk.org, has always maintained that Bitcoin was the cryptocurrency to look out for through his various Twitter bouts with prominent personalities in the cryptoverse. Due to his strong, unbridled support for Bitcoin, he has often trashed altcoins for their low market dominance.

In a new Twitter thread, Cobra spoke about the “biggest threat” to the Bitcoin ecosystem. Even though many crypto-enthusiasts believe that governments and technological issues were the biggest threats to the king coin, Cobra had a completely different opinion.

According to the Bitcoin maximalist, users have the potential to signal Bitcoin’s doom. His tweet read,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Though most Bitcoin supporters usually support his opinions, this tweet was met with a lot of resistance. Twitterati swarmed the thread in an attempt to prove him wrong. A user named @MrHodl alleged that this could not be true as Bitcoin had “no community.” He added that this, in turn, prevented toxicity in the ecosystem.

Cobra replied to the tweet stating,



“I think there is a community, it’s just not fully representative of everyone with a stake in Bitcoin. Most holders are quiet and not too familiar with what’s going on. There’s people with 1000+ BTC and they don’t engage at all with discussion platforms, just lurk.”

Some Twitter users took it as an attack on Bitcoin investors and opposed Cobra’s stance. A user @CarstenBKK commented,

“Maybe I am lost in translation. What do you wanna tell us? That you are part of Bitcoin network of people owning/using it, but you are just disgusted by the idea, that the network is called community in the sense of direct human collaboration and affection to the groups ideals?”

Previously, Cobra had accused Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Square Crypto of pandering to Bitcoin users, while also suggesting that the crypto project was merely a way to bring in more users for Dorsey’s CashApp. His tweet read,

“Gotta respect how hard @sqcrypto is pandering to Bitcoiners. Very clever how @Jack has embedded himself in the community; in return the community promotes @CashApp, which gives that service a small but dedicated and activist group of early users.”





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