A “community movement” that has grown to over 600 individuals in just two days is pursuing legal action against Bitcoin.com and its owner, Roger Ver, for deliberately misleading new users into buying Bitcoin Cash (BCH) instead of Bitcoin (BTC).
Is Bitcoin.com Tricking People into Buying Bitcoin Cash?
Bitcoin.com is undoubtedly a prized domain in the Bitcoin space. It’s likely that anyone interested in finding out about the world’s first, and most valuable, cryptocurrency will instinctively type it into their browser or immediately see it as a top result in a Google search.
In fact, when Googling “buy bitcoin,” the first result is buy.bitcoin.com.
Upon clicking the link, a user is greeted with the following screen.
The logos are not only very similar and even the same color (BCH logo is typically green on most platforms to avoid confusion), but Bitcoin.com is the only website that refers to Bitcoin (BTC) as ‘Bitcoin Core.‘
The Bitcoin Core name refers to the Bitcoin software client (also known as the Satoshi client), which was originally called simply “Bitcoin,” but was later renamed to distinguish it from the Bitcoin network and currency.
What’s more, the Bitcoin Cash option is presented at the top without their respective BTC and BCH tickers. Anyone unfamiliar with the difference between the two will very likely be confused, if not completely fooled into believing that the top choice is, in fact, Bitcoin.
“Imagine advertising that you’re selling gold and then giving customers a piece of coal instead,” one user wrote in the Telegram chat. “Not to mention the people who mistakingly sent BTC to a BCH address and vice versa.”
Earlier this week, Bitcoin.com underwent changes to present Bitcoin Cash as Bitcoin. Most notably the block explorer, which changed from Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Bitcoin (BCH).
This change has especially outraged the Bitcoin community. It was also a topic of controversy among Bitcoin Cash supporters, many of whom believe Bitcoin Cash can compete on its own merit rather than attempting to steal the Bitcoin name.
Another example includes the website’s “Bitcoin Course,” intended to help new users understand what Bitcoin is and how it works. However, the line between the two is blurred in a few places. It references Bitcoin Cash only several times, with most of the graphics in the course displaying “Bitcoin” and the Bitcoin logo.
Meanwhile, long time associate of Roger Ver and Shapeshift CEO, Erik Voorhees, has also distanced himself from Ver’s latest attempts to present Bitcoin Cash as the “real Bitcoin.” […]