Huobi Denies Involvement in Alleged EOS Voting Manipulation

Huobi has denied any involvement in the alleged EOS voting manipulation and collusion that emerged last week. The allegation of collusion among EOS block producers (BPs) comes firmly on the heels of news that four senior executives recently resigned form Block.one – the EOS parent company.


Multiple EOS BPs Accused of Manipulating Votes

According to local Chinese media outlet, Jinse, Huobi has distanced itself from reports of collusion among EOS BPs. cnLedger in a tweet published on Saturday said that the cryptocurrency exchange platform which is also an EOS BP denied having any quid pro quo arrangement with other BPs.

On Wednesday (September 26, 2018), a leaked spreadsheet emerged which allegedly showed many EOS BPs participating in coordinated mutual voting. According to local sources in China, the elaborate voting manipulation appears to be among China-based EOS BPs.

The Twitter account (@MapleLeafCap) provided a detailed analysis of the leaked spreadsheet. In it, Huobi is shown to vote for about 20 other BPs, with 16 of them returning the favor. The analysis also indicates Huobi voting for three block producers in exchange for some percentage returns.

Much Ado About Nothing

While the evidence presented in the collusion case appears damning, some EOS enthusiasts believe it is much ado about nothing. A Redditor ‘eosview’ posted a personal analysis of the situation that highlights the uproar as nothing but FUD.

According to eosview, the fact that Block.one is yet to commence voting means that the activities of these alleged manipulators will account for nothing. Going further, eosview said that collusion required a lot of money to maintain control noting:

If there was collusion as people are suggesting, then think about how much money these colluders would have to invest to maintain control. Price would definitely keep going up on them depending on how much they want to control it.

Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at Coinshares commented on the issue in a tweet posted on Saturday, saying:

Not discounting the views of those who say the matter is irrelevant but if it turns out to be true, then would yet another blight on an already chequered EOS reputation. For many critics of the project, the allegations are a pointer to the lack of centralization within its governance framework.

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