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Tron’s Justin Sun backtracks; will reward first Tesla giveaway winner after public outrage

Namrata Shukla



Tron's Justin Sun accused of scamming its Tesla giveaway winner
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Tron Foundation has been actively seeking the Tron community’s participation in different projects and giveaways. One such giveaway seems to have landed Tron Foundation’s CEO and Founder, Justin Sun, in a tough spot.

To celebrate the Tether/Tron partnership, the Foundation decided to organize a USDT giveaway from 30 April, with an initial budget of $20 million. Additionally, the Foundation promised one Tesla to one of the “lucky Twitter followers” to begin the giveaway.

Sun even recorded a video, explaining the TWrench application, which was used for the draw.

The lucky winner of the Tesla was @uzgaroth, a Twitter user. Justin Sun reached out to him on Twitter, asking him to send his details to ship the car.

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

However, Sun canceled this round on the grounds of transparency and did a live stream of the giveaway. Sun tweeted saying:

“We shared a video of the selection process for transparency. Due to the large size of the video, Twitter wasn’t able to compress it properly resulting in a glitch. We will contact Twitter to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We apologize to the community for the mishap.”

Sun added,

“For full community transparency, we decided to cancel the previous result and so a live stream draw instead.”

@uzgaroth claimed that he sent in his details immediately after Sun declared him the winner. He tweeted,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

After the issue was escalated by many Twitter users, Justin Sun responded to @uzgaroth. Sun apologized, stating that his team decided that a non-livestream method to determine the giveaway winner would cause “ambiguity and controversy”. He instead offered @uzgaroth compensation,

“However, I do recognize that this is an unfortunate situation, and would like to extend my warmest welcome to the next #niTROn summit in 2020, including a fully paid round-trip ticket to the event location. We are very grateful for your continued support. #TRON”

This did not go down well with the community, with many suggesting that the winner of the second giveaway is actually a bot. Twitter user @CryptoJohnGalt pointed out in a thread that Sun was “up to something” by not giving away the Tesla to @uzgaroth, but to @kozmenko2017, who appeared to be a bot. @CryptoJohnGalt tweeted,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

He attached the following to prove his stance,

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

@CryptoJohnGalt concluded by saying,

“More Hard to say exactly what Justin’s trying to pull here, but it’s pretty clear he’s trying to pull something, amiright?”

UPDATE: Justin Sun has since released an official statement, announcing that he will be awarding a Tesla to the winner of the first giveaway, @uzgaroth. His full statement read,

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Binance Chain’s ‘decentralization’ questioned by Bitcoin enthusiast; calls Binance DEX just an app




Binance Chain's "decentralization" questioned by Bitcoin enthusiast; calls Binance DEX as just an "app"
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Udi Wertheimer, an independent developer and a “Bitcoiner” posted a series of tweets taking a jab at Binance Chain, which is slated to launch on April 23.

According to Wertheimer’s tweets, Binance has not updated the “source code” or “binaries” for the Binance Chain; and despite enquiring about it on the official telegram group of Binance, he was offered any source code.

He said that Binance recommended users, who want to migrate tokens to Binance chain, use the official SDK, which will be done via official HTTP API using Binance’s trusted servers. Binance DEX, which will make use of the Binance Chain, also has no source code or binaries which are open source. He stated:

“There’s almost nothing there. So I looked for the source code. Guess what, THERE’S NO SOURCE CODE. They only have binaries, and only for a light client, no full node at all!”

He commented on the Binance Chain and the Dex that all Binance did was release an “app that connects to the API of your new centralized infrastructure”. In addition, the “Light Node” is a program that helps users access and interact with the Binance Chain in a secure and decentralized manner; the source code for which is “closed source” according to Wertheimer.

Wertheimer further added:

“Just releasing the binaries won’t be enough, and there’s no indication I could find anywhere that they intend to release the source code, like, ever. In any case, regardless of what may happen in the future, what’s released so far amounts to nothing more than a new website.”

A Twitter user, @bag_holder commented:

“Lol seems like a very Chinese thing to do. “BORROW” IP, make some edits, then keep it to oneself”

Another Twitter user, @thecryptostefan commented:

“There’s a branch with the full node implementation, no? I thought they just hadn’t merged it to master yet when I was looking last night. I think it’s the prerelease branch or one of those.”

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