Nick Chong · 2 hours ago · 2 min read
Steem community fights Justin Sun with hostile hard fork, catalyzing massive volatility
The Steem blockchain has seen its fair share of controversy over the past several weeks, which all began after the Justin Sun-led TRON acquired Steemit in mid-February.
This controversy appears to have reached a boiling point earlier this week when the Steem community exercised its voting power in order to hard fork the blockchain, leading to the creation of a new token that is now being distributed to Steem holders.
This has generated some immense volatility for Steem’s price, with the token rocketing over 250 percent yesterday before erasing the bulk of these gains in a brutal trading session today.
Steem community fights back against Justin Sun, conducts hostile hard fork
As previously reported by CryptoSlate, Justin Sun’s newfound involvement with Steem has created significant tension within the blockchain’s community, with Sun and a handful of major exchanges conducting what was widely viewed as “hostile takeover” of the blockchain.
This came about after some major exchanges used depositors’ tokens to take control of the Delegated Proof-of-Stake (DPoS) blockchain after Sun claimed that the platform was subjected to a “hack” attempt that led to the core platform team’s tokens to be frozen.
Although Sun tried justified his actions in a tweet thread, it doesn’t appear that the Steem community has been pleased with his involvement within the blockchain, as community leaders are now attempting to subvert Sun’s control over the platform via a hard fork.
A portion of the Steem blockchain is now migrating to Hive.io – a new platform with a similar community-focused structure — with all Steem holders receiving newly formed Hive tokens.
Token price sees massive volatility amidst hard fork
All of this controversy has catalyzed significant volatility for the Steem token, with its price rallying over 250 percent yesterday when it ran from lows of $0.12 to highs of over $0.40.
In the time since this movement, its price has cratered 40 percent to its current price of $0.19, erasing most of its recent gains.
Because a cooperative community is such a key aspect of Steem as a blockchain, it is highly probable that the polarizing actions recently undertaken by Justin Sun will degrade the blockchain’s strength, potentially having negative impacts on its token price down the road.