Blockchain.info Launches Bitcoin Cash Support, Users Cry For SegWit
Blockchain’s debut of full Bitcoin Cash functionality appeared to have a muted effect as users continue asking for SegWit.
In a blog post today, Blockchain confirmed that a Bitcoin fork, Bitcoin Cash, had become one of its wallet’s main currencies alongside Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).
“In November, we revealed our plan to deliver on the growing demand we’ve seen for Bitcoin Cash,” the post explains.
“Starting today, we’re supporting Bitcoin Cash with full functionality through the same web wallet[.]”
Blockchain.info’s initial run with BCH saw users gain the ability to ‘unlock’ duplicate balances earmarked on the fork date Aug. 1. Now, trading in and out has the same setup as with the wallet’s other two supported coins.
No mobile support is yet available, but it’s promised to appear by the end of Q1 2018.
BCH meanwhile remains a contentious topic, with its principle advocate Roger Ver continuing to cause controversy with comments aimed at casting doubt on the reputation of BTC.
An appearance by Ver on CNBC this week spurred criticism from prominent personalities including Max Keiser, who hit back at what he called “borderline fraud” BCH and the network’s choice of Ver as a Bitcoin spokesman.
Blockchain.info has also faced a backlash from some sources over its prioritizing BCH features while so far failing to implement SegWit for its transactions.
The issue came to light again following the latest announcement, with venture capitalist Alan Silbert and others openly asking CEO Peter Smith why the technology had not yet appeared in his wallet.