Ripple CTO David Schwartz has taken to Twitter to address concerns about the security status of XRP. The conversation started with a tweet from ScamDetective5, an individual who called themselves an industry expert and scam detective, asking if people felt XRP was no longer security after Ripple open-sourced the XRPL server code.
Perspectives On Ripple’s Role In Maintaining The XRP Ledger
Schwartz responded by stating that the server code becoming open source was the point where people no longer had to rely on Ripple to maintain the ledger. However, ScamDetective5 argued that the company kept its Validators on the dUNL and that consensus still relied on the company.
Additionally, all code updates to Rippled were made by Ripple Engineers. Do you not feel these are key elements to maintaining the ledger that relied on Ripple?
Schwartz disagreed, saying that if someone let another party do something for convenience when there were no significant obstacles to doing it themselves, that’s not reliance. The company didn’t do anything that others couldn’t have done had they wished to. ScamDetective5 countered by saying that the company set the original list and standard for overlap, limiting what others could publish with changes without forking.
Schwartz responded by saying that it depended on how one defines forking. If a majority of people agreed with a proposed change that wasn’t supported by the company, there would be a fork. A contentious change causes a fork regardless of who proposes or supports that change, as long as there are at least some people who support the change and some who oppose it enough to decide to fork over it.
Nevertheless, the Twitter exchange highlighted concerns about the security and decentralization of XRP. While Schwartz argued that XRP was no longer reliant on Ripple, ScamDetective5 pointed out that Ripple still had a significant influence on the XRPL server code.
The conversation underscores the importance of transparency and decentralization in blockchain technology and the need for continued discussion around the security and reliability of cryptocurrencies. As the world becomes more reliant on digital assets, ensuring they are secure, transparent, and decentralized is crucial.
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