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Vitalik vs. Bitcoin Maximalist Opinion on Proof of Stake

Last Tuesday, Swan Bitcoin managing editor Nick Payton criticized the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus protocol that Ethereum is currently exploring. Payton, a bitcoin maximalist, says the cryptocurrencies are supported by blockchain PoS is like security.

PoS is a consensus mechanism that only legal and legitimate transactions can be added to the blockchain. This mechanism requires validators to lock or ‘stake’ their crypto to secure the network.

“Dear Proof of Stakers. The fact that you can vote to change a property (on a PoS platform) proves that it is a security. Love, Bitcoin,” said Payton

The statement was considered sensitive because, over the years, Securities and Exchange The US Commission (SEC) is also wondering if Ethereum deserves to be called a security.

Before long, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin answered Payton’s criticism by explaining PoS and Proof-of-Work (PoW).

“It’s amazing how PoW supporters keep telling lies that PoS includes voting in the protocol. Nodes will still reject invalid blocks in PoS or PoW. That’s not a difficult thing,” he said

Furthermore, Buterin criticized Payton’s Grammer as a managing editor in the mass media. According to him, Payton may have written the word ‘Secure’ wrong to ‘Security.’

“I know this suffix is difficult, so I forgive the mistake,” Buterin said.