After weeks of negative publicity due to its shaky mainnet launch, EOS has now been criticized further for the way it handled the recent freezing of accounts. A BP failed to respond to requests for censorship, leading to a huge loss of funds, and was then harshly rebuked by the ECAF (EOS Core Arbitration Forum).
Re: the EOS blacklist:— Whalepool (@whalepool) June 26, 2018
EOS block producer who did not update his config gets emotionally abused for not "complying with an order" of the almighty ECAF, due to being absent for personal reasons.
After multiple apologies and further abuse, he is threatened with a law suit pic.twitter.com/Cr8nv39qLU
Some observers were inclined to side with EOS, due to the obvious negligence of the well-paid BP who had been voted in to his position.
Every BP agrees to enforce legitimate rulings. You're overlooking the gravity of the negligence involved in a top 21 BP that is running an operation so fragile that one person stepping away for a private affair leads to a failure of duty at $10,000/day pay. Vote out negligence.— Dr. Randy Magnum (@DrRandyMagnum) June 26, 2018
Others pointed out the way many members of the Bitcoin community treat outsiders as being even worse than ECAF's understandable frustration at a BP not doing their job.
Mild in comparison with the abuse that took place for non-BTCers by maximalists.— The Endless Chain (@theendlesschain) June 26, 2018
However, most agreed that the BP shouldn't actually bear too much responsibility, because the mistake also highlighted the fundamental weaknesses with the EOS network. The technical issues inherent with a consensus-based blockchain should be blamed for the loss of funds, and they could also enable more direct deliberate mainpulation by any number of parties.
In all fairness, when you create a system like this. It is no longer a sovereign blockchain. It’s just a decentralized database. It has little if any resistance to govt authorities if they want to shut it down. Which one day they will. It’s fundamental value is 0. https://t.co/SBEvAVZQtL— Whalepool (@whalepool) June 26, 2018