Venezuelan MetaMask users claim they can no longer use the popular digital asset wallet.
On Wednesday, messages concerning the problem began to appear on social media, with multiple cases spreading by late Thursday morning. The API for Infura, a blockchain node infrastructure network, is thought to be the culprit.
“MetaMask and Infura are inaccessible in some areas due to legal compliance,” a MetaMask help website updated an hour before press time.
A screenshot of an error message similar to the type that has been circulating on social media, which has put users unhappy.
The news of the restrictions sparked debate over whether or not VPNs could be used to get around the problem.
The Infura reconfiguration had a knock-on impact on wallet users, according to MetaMask. However, users were not barred. “MetaMask uses Infura as its default endpoint,” the company’s official account tweeted, adding, “although this configuration may be updated by users if desired, or in the event of any service outages.”
MetaMask abiding to US sanctions
The extent to which the claimed blockades indicate a tightening of restrictions in relation to other nations sanctioned by the US and other governments is still unknown. Although a majority of the current complaints appear to be about Venezuelan access, users from Iran and Lebanon appear to have been affected.
Following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the United States, the European Union, and other countries imposed harsh sanctions on the land.
Western nations have imposed limitations on state-owned firms, government officials, and oligarchs, in addition to freezing hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign deposits and disconnecting individual Russian banks’ links with the SWIFT messaging network.
Sanctions imposed by the United States apply to firms doing business in the United States, including ConsenSys and its products, to ensure that no assets are transferred to forbidden nations, corporations, or persons.
However, because the penalties are designed to be targeted, most ordinary persons’ cryptocurrency transactions are not expected to be immediately harmed.
As a result, the blanket Infura ban of “certain regions” has sparked concerns that ConsenSys has limited access to innocent individuals to comply with government demands.