Over the past few weeks, disagreements within the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) community have intensified, leading to talks of a new fork from Bitcoin ABC developers.
The feud between rival developer camps has now taken a new turn after the ABC camp threatened pro-BCHN members with legal action.
As per a tweet from one BCH community member, lead ABC developer Amaury Séchet & his team are amplifying attempts to assert full control on the project.
They have now threatened to sue a pro-BCHN community member for hosting videos of a recent Bitcoin Cash conference and had a rival member’s account suspended.
Séchet and his team are known for taking a somewhat dictatorial approach in determining which upgrades the project adopts.
Just recently, the ABC camp insisted on implementing the Grasberg DAA algorithm, despite a majority of developers agreeing that another algorithm is better.
Amaury Séchet now faces harsh criticism from the wider BCH and crypto community for supposedly adopting unfair practices that he railed against during the BSV split.
Many BCH Members Oppose Séchet’s IFP
The ongoing contention in the Bitcoin Cash community also centres on the controversial Infrastructure Funding Proposal (IFP) coinbase rule.
If adopted, this rule would divert about 8% of block rewards that miners earn to an address that is allegedly under the control of Séchet.
Despite opposition from many miners and developers, Amaury insisted on implementing his IFP, causing some ABC node operators to switch over to BCHN.
Furthermore, ABC’s former finance manager, George Donnelly, left the team in protest of the proposed IFP rule. He even accused Séchet of forcefully forking Bitcoin ABC away from BCH.
Many more Bitcoin Cash community members, developers, businesses, and miners also opposed Bitcoin ABC’s proposals.
The CEO of ASICseer.com reiterated that ABC developers didn’t leave the upgrade decisions up for discussion. He noted:
“With the existence of BCHN as a mining node, we do not expect any sensible miner to choose to receive 8% less mining revenue.”
Bitcoin Cash Headed for Another Chain Split
The feud between the ABC and BCHN developer camps is seemingly at a climax. The main point of contention between these two camps is over which Difficulty Algorithm Adjustment (DAA) algorithm to adopt in November.
Amaury Séchet recently tried to reach a compromise by proposing the project to adopt a DAA proposed by lead BCHN developer, Jonathan Toomim.
Unfortunately, the proposal faced severe rejection as multiple BCHN developers stormed out of a meeting on August 3.
ABC’s seeming preference to dictate which protocols the Bitcoin Cash community should adopt is resulting in an imminent chain split.
As the November 15 fork approaches, the crypto community will get a clearer picture of which miners are willing to follow ABC’s path.