TRON Decentralization Questioned After It Censors POP Network

Last updated on November 1st, 2022 at 01:53 pm

The POP Network has just been erased from the TRON blockchain.

The POP Network claims TRON erased its tokens from the blockchain because the blockchain felt POP was competing with TRON’s BitTorrent token.

TRON is concerned with building peer-to-peer networks that are completely decentralized and free from interference. However, the recent block of the POP network may be passing a different message.

TRON Had Been Encouraging Migration

POP recently migrated from Ethereum to join the TRON blockchain. The founder of TRON, Justin Sun, has in the past year, encouraged this type of switch from the Ethereum Hub.

After ConsenSys was hit by the crypto recession last year, Sun encouraged the startup company and other developers to migrate from the Ethereum network to TRON.

He also informed them at the time that Ethereum is planning to stop funding some developers.

TRON Offered Incentives To Lure Developers

TRON foundation is leaving nothing to chance in its bid to lure defectors from Ethereum. Recently, it offered a series of contests and grants to encourage defectors. The POP network decided to defect after its services with Ethereum was no longer attainable.

POP Network designed the BTTX TRON token on TRONscan. Shortly after, it used a customized feature on TRONscan to setup a crowd-sale known as PARTICIPATE

Before the crowd-sale, POP had already filed detailed information about the project to TRONscan to become verified. The sale lasted for 21 days before the tokens suddenly varnished from the blockchain

TRON Contacted But No Response

The project’s managing director, Valerian Bennett, said the project team had used different mediums to reach TRONscan support channel but it hasn’t received any response from them regarding the sudden disappearance of the token. He said, if TRON was decentralized, something like this could not be possible. As at the time of writing, TRONscan has not responded to questions or inquiries about the issue.

A Second Token Removed

After no response came from TRONscan, the POP network decided to set up an independent token called BITX without the name TRONscan. The company put out the tokens for sale through a Smart Contract.

However, BitTorrent’s parent company, Rainberry, responded with a threat of sanction. Days later, TRONscan removed the token from its network. After the second ban, the project team members realized that the ban was intentional.

The project does not have any other block explorer apart from TRONscan, which means all services that make use of the TRON Foundation infrastructure would not have their tokens displayed. For this reason, it was practically impossible to continue with the project.

POP Network Questions TRON’s Decentralization

Bennet said POP Network has also reached out to senior executives at BitTorrent and TRON in a bid to resolve the situation. They reached out to Jonathan Yu, Justin Knoll, and Roy Liu, who were addressing some technical issues about the project. But, according to Pop Network, the executives suddenly stopped responding to their inquiries.

According to Bennet, censoring a legitimate project purposely from TRON Blockchain shows that the TRON Foundation’s claim of being a decentralized blockchain needs to be examined.

He said the company made a mistake by trusting on TRON to deliver on their promises of a decentralized system. He reiterated that the company would continue with another project towards building a genuinely decentralized web. He further added that POP Network has learned from this mistake, which it doesn’t intend to repeat.


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