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Michael Saylor Slammed By Vitalik Buterin and John Deaton For Saying Altcoins are Securities and Unethical

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin and other members of the crypto community like John Deaton, a staunch supporter of Ripple, have slammed Michael Saylor over his comments about altcoins.

Following the disclosure of a Youtube video, where Michael Saylor, the CEO of Microstrategy, made some comments about altcoins, founders of crypto projects and other community members have voiced their disapproval.

In the interview session, Michael Saylor argued that all cryptocurrencies apart from Bitcoin (BTC) are securities, devoid of sound ethics. Particularly, the Bitcoin maximalist asserted that Ethereum (ETH) is unethical, citing that its genesis infringed securities laws.

Related: MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor Explains Why He Believes Ethereum (ETH) Is a Security

In addition, he said, “all the legitimate talent is working in the Bitcoin ecosystem, and if you are honest, ethical, and competent you would be building on the Lightning Network.”

Vitalik Buterin and John Deaton Respond

These comments by the CEO of Microstrategy have been met with several reactions from the entire crypto community. Reportedly, Microstrategy holds the largest volume of Bitcoin as a corporate firm, with over 129K BTC on its balance sheet. 

While some say Michael Saylor has the right to his opinions, Ethereum co-founder and John Deaton, the attorney representing XRP holders in the ongoing Ripple-SEC lawsuit have shown their disagreements. 

Read Also: SEC Wants to Stop Legal Support From Attorney John E. Deaton and Other XRP Holders in the Ripple-SEC Lawsuit


In response to his attack on ETH, Vitalik Buterin has indirectly called him a ‘total clown’, in a recent tweet. On the other hand, John Deaton noted that Saylor’s understanding of what makes a digital asset ‘security’ is deeply flawed, and his ethical comments absurd.

Last month, Saylor also asserted that the Cardano token (ADA) has a security status. Consequently, Charles Hoskinson, Cardano’s founder debunked the claims, noting that Saylor’s huge BTC defense is due to his company’s huge financial commitment to Bitcoin.

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Ndianabasi Tom
Ndianabasi Tom
Ndianabasi Tom joined the crypto and blockchain industry in late 2018. He is an all-rounded crypto journalist and content writer. At TimesTabloid, he covers the industry's latest news, developments, and other educational content. He is a graduate of Petroleum Engineering. ([email protected])

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