Discord CEO Hints at ETH Integration, Allowing Users to Send Each Other Crypto

November 11, 2021, 11:00 AM AEST - 2 weeks ago

One of the largest messaging and digital distribution platforms, Discord, could soon allow support for Ethereum, as hinted by its founder and CEO, Jason Citron. 

On a Twitter thread on November 9, Citron posted a screenshot of what appears to be Discord connecting to Ethereum through MetaMask and WalletConnect, with a caption that reads: “probably nothing”.

The screenshot is probably a private development not yet released:

Citron was responding to Packy McCormick, founder of Not Boring Capital and the Not Boring newsletter. McCormick posted a link to the latest issue of his newsletter called Discord: Imagine a Place. The post highlighted various features of the social network, saying it has the potential to lead the web3, considered the next stage of the internet – a decentralised version of it.

There are more than 150 million monthly active users on Discord, and many of them are crypto users, so Discord could benefit from ETH and ERC-20 transaction fees performed on the platform.

However, not everyone in Discord is so happy about this scenario.

Community Divided on the Issue

Citron’s tease divided the Discord community, with one side saying the integration of cryptos into the platform is the right step towards innovation, and the other saying cryptos and NFTs are mainly used for money laundering or tax evasion.

Several users cancelled their subscriptions to Discord Nitro, the platform’s premium membership:

Other users responded to these comments as invalid statements with no factual evidence:

A lot of scams have occurred in the Discord platform from users using deceiving wallets. Two months ago, a Discord user lost US$10k after a scammer hacked the user’s MetaMask wallet using a fake WalletConnect app.

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