Bitcoin.com executive chairman Roger Ver has put aside allegations that his website has laid off 50% of its workforce, labeling the claims “more Bcash FUD.”
Several cryptocurrency news outlets reported the layoff news after a post appeared on Candor, a site that claims to list jobs lost in response to the coronavirus.
Problems with Candor methods
However, Candor’s list is entirely consumer-generated, which means anyone can list job layoff statistics from companies that have nothing to do with them. Judging by Ver’s recent posts on the r / btc subreddit (which he also moderates), that seems to be true of Bitcoin.com.
When asked to clear reports that 50% of Bitcoin.com staff had lost their jobs, Ver gave the terse answer:
“More Bcash FUD.”
The term ‘Bcash’ is used in a derogatory manner by members of the Bitcoin community who disagree with the aims of Bitcoin Cash. ‘FUD’ stands for fear, uncertainty and doubt.
The layoff allegations come in the midst of a personnel change at Bitcoin.com, with the outgoing CEO Stefan Rust being replaced by Mate Tokay, formerly COO at the organization.
The same allegations may have been prompted by the wording of Stefan Rust’s farewell post, in which he suggested that Roger Ver intended to cut down the size of the Bitcoin.com team. Rust wrote: “Given these roller-coaster times we’re in, Roger is looking at a leaner, more guerilla team.”
‘Bitcoin Jesus’: halving a block prize is a no-brainer
In a YouTube video from April 5th, Ver (aka Bitcoin Jesus) poured cold water on hopes that the price of the BCH coin would explode in response to the upcoming block prize by half (now 2 days away). Ver said:
“The last two times, basically nothing happened at all. It was a non-event; it wasn’t exciting at all, and that’s my prediction for what’s going to happen this time, too. But we’re only a couple days away, so stay tuned to see what happens with that. ”
The forthcoming halves will see Bitcoin Cash block rewards halved from 12.5 BCH per block, to 6.25 per block. Bitcoin’s own block reward is halved 37 days away, and miner’s block rewards will be reduced by the same ratio.