Vitalik Buterin has voted on Ethereum censorship in favour of penalising the validators who agree with censorship demands by burning their staked tokens. He revealed the information in a Twitter post on August 16. He voted in an online poll by software programmer Eric Wall. The poll asked the community whether they would burn the staked tokens of validators that agree with censorship requests or “tolerate the censorship” and do nothing.
fwiw I voted X in your above poll
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) August 15, 2022
Poll results on Ethereum censorship
The co-founder of Ethereum, Buterin voted with the majority of voters (62%) towards suggesting the burning of staked tokens of validators that agree with censorship requests and only 9% polled for tolerating censorship. This poll and some other developments on Twitter were a response to the recent sanction on Tornado Cash, a crypto mixer by the US Treasury.
According to information from authorities, the crypto mixer was responsible for laundering $7 billion in illegal cryptocurrencies since 2019 and has failed to adopt sufficient checks and procedures to combat the problem. Furthermore, Aleksey Pertsev, a software developer, was detained in Amsterdam for his part in building the Tornado Cash protocol. Tornado Cash announced its closure on August 13, stating that it can’t fight the US.
Response from the community on the ban of Tornado Cash
The events at Tornado Cash have revived debate over censorship, particularly because numerous cryptocurrency service providers have agreed with regulatory regulations. Circle, the USDC token issuer, has banned all Ethereum addresses associated with the mixer protocol.
Tron founder Justin Sun stated Aave has restricted his wallet after pranksters sent 0.1 ETH from blacklisted Tornado Cash accounts to famous personalities. Coin Center, a non-profit group, announced plans to file a court fight against the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) on the basis that it exceeded its lawful powers. The company thinks that
Tornado Cash is an autonomous code that does not meet the definition of a sanctionable person.