Posted on 03-20-2020.
Steemit community has been restless ever since the announced acquisition of the platform by Justin Sun. Now, they finally decided to break up with Steem. On March 20 a Steemit hard fork named Hive will launch. forklog.media has covered the entire kerfuffle, from community soft fork and successful counter-attack by Justin Sun in alliance with several large exchanges, to said exchanges withdrawing their support, leaving Mr. Sun face to face with the fuming Steemit community. Since then concerns about centralization and apparently censorship grew within the community, peaking in an exodus of its most influential part.
“This is a classic ideological split: the people who actively want a centralized chain can stay on Steem, the ones that don't will build Hive,” said aa Steemit user.According to some users behind the hard fork, its main goal is to get rid of Justin Sun for good in a way that denies him capitalizing on the community’s intellectual property but keeps the platform intact.
“At this point, it seems like most of the community is in agreement on one thing: they don’t want Justin Sun here. The primary disagreement seems to be how to achieve that. From what I’ve been told, even Justin himself has said he doesn’t want to be here. He just wants to get paid to leave,” explained Steemit major stakeholder named Blocktrades.
“We have more developers committing to work on this new chain than we’ve ever had before. We already have a team of 36 experienced developers, including key devs that were involved in the initial development and maintenance of Steem. And new developers are joining us daily. By contrast, from what I know, Steemit had 4 devs, and currently has none at all.”This slip may hint that some original developers who quit Steemit amidst Justin Sun’s controversy might have joined Hive’s developer team. But whether it is true will be revealed only after the platform launches.