A war between Bitcoin loyalists and Bitcoin Cash enthusiasts has reached new levels as tension escalates on consumer review site Trustpilot. Bitcoin loyalists have ranked Bitcoin.com a low one star for being an “infamous fake” website, while those loyal to Bitcoin Cash noted that the website is “amazing” and that Roger Ver has done much for the cryptocurrency community.
Bitcoin.com Scores a Low One-Star Rating
On the Trustpilot website, Bitcoin.com has received over 540 reviews, with a vast majority being negative. While the heated debate between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash has been ongoing, entrepreneur and investor Alistair Milne was surprised to find out that the discussion had even reached consumer-rating sites.
TIL: there is a war between Bitcoin loyalists and Bcash'ers on Trustpilot … each posting their reviews of Bitcoin dot com pic.twitter.com/Tl9BilrXvF
— Alistair Milne (@alistairmilne) August 6, 2018
Out of the 540 reviews, Bitcoin.com has received a 72-percent bad rating with a 26-percent excellent rating. A large proportion of the comments and ratings stem from the idea that Bitcoin.com was created by Roger Ver to intentionally trick newcomers to the cryptocurrency community to believe that Bitcoin Cash, which is a hard fork from Bitcoin, is actually Bitcoin.
User Benjamin Tyler Perrin noted that while the site has a misleading titling and naming system, the “mobile wallet by default creates a Bitcoin Cash wallet. Do not recommend.”
Others like Steven Merchant even went on to state:
“This website is deceiving, I would even go as far to call it a scam. Bitcoin has been around since 2009 and bcash has been around since 2017. Do not use this website as the owner can not be trusted.”
While there are a lot of negative messages condoning the site and Ver’s tactics, several anonymous reviews, who gave the site a five-star rating, mentioned that Bitcoin Cash is exactly what Bitcoin was trying to be. Said an anonymous reviewer:
“Cash isn’t a scam to simply trick people into buying something without realizing … Cash is INFORMING people of the truth. They aren’t claiming to be Core. They are claiming to be what core should be – what ‘Bitcoin’ should be.”
Bitcoin Cash Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
According to Capital.com, Bitcoin Cash celebrated its one-year anniversary on August 1, 2018. It is currently the fourth most popular cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization of over $10.5 billion and a value of $612.21 as of August 8, 2018, as seen on CoinMarketCap.
Unfortunately, the Bitcoin versus Bitcoin Cash debate has been an ongoing argument since Bitcoin Cash’s inception. It’s a feud that has also existed between prominent members of the community like Samson Mow, the chief strategy officer of Blockstream, and Roger Ver, the chief executive officer of Bitcoin.com and a major Bitcoin Cash enthusiast.
At the South Korean Deconomy blockchain conference earlier this year, Jeff Paik asked both Ver and Mow:
“Why is there such an animosity between you two?”
Ver noted that the core developers of Bitcoin had diverted the cryptocurrency industry from what the users initially wanted. On the other hand, Mow, like many other members of the cryptocurrency community, stated that Ver’s tactic of calling Bitcoin Cash Bitcoin is not appropriate.
“I think people that for Bitcoin, Bitcoin-airs, Bitcoin HODLers, they don’t like it because of how you branded it the same as Bitcoin. It’s like if you have the Deconomy [conference] and someone made Deconomy Cash and then started selling tickets, then I don’t think the organizers of the Deconomy would like that very much. I think that is where the animosity stems from.”