Disturbing Images Of Child Pornography Found In Bitcoin SV Blockchain

Some serious concerns have been raised over a new set of images that have recently surfaced in relation to Bitcoin SV.

Some extremely explicit and abusive images which depict child sexual abuse have been discoverd as stored within a section of the Bitcoin SV (Satoshi Vision) blockchain. It is being said that the images have been uploaded by a member of the BSV community.

BBC reports that the images first appeared through Bitcoinfiles.org, a website which lets people upload content to the Bitcoin SV blockchain, a network that emerged from the hard fork of the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. The block explorer feature in Bitcoinfiles.org allows other users to see the content that is already there on the BSV Blockchain.

The recent update is that the user who uploaded the images has been discovered by Bitcoinfiles and has since been banned from the platform. The images too have been located and removed and the local police is already conducting an investigation.

Ryan Charles, the founder of Money Button which manages Bitcoinfiles.org, has commented on the entire incident:

“Since most businesses increased the size of allowed data recently, making it possible to post large files, criminals are trying to push the limits. Criminals should understand that everything on the blockchain is signed, time-stamped, and linked to everything else. We have all the information we need to track down criminals and prosecute them.”

Jimmy Nguyen, the founder of nChain, of which Money Button is a branch, said:

“The Bitcoin SV blockchain is not a place for criminal activity – and if you use it for illegal purposes, you will leave a digitally signed evidence trail that cannot be erased. We stand ready to work with global law enforcement authorities to stamp out this and any other illegal misuse of Bitcoin.”

This brings into question the debate about anonymity and decentralization that has been attributed as the most prominent features of blockchain. How much anonymity is actually good for the community and does the absence of any centralized body of regulation actually posit a danger to the network at large? We will have to wait and see if such events keep repeating themselves in the future.