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The Former Head of Crypto at Facebook Criticizes Ethereum Indirectly



David Marcus seems to have upset some supporters of Bitcoin.

David Marcus, who once worked as the head of Facebook Messenger and Crypto (more precisely, the Novi digital wallet), is a strong supporter of Bitcoin; nevertheless, his most recent advocacy of Bitcoin seems to have infuriated some Ethereum supporters.

From May 2018 to December 2021, Marcus was employed at Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.), where he worked on the Novi digital wallet project.

Novi, formerly known as Calibra, was Meta’s wallet for their libra stablecoin (later renamed Diem), which was announced in June 2019. Its function changed when regulatory concerns drove the stablecoin project to pivot.

The Former Head of Crypto at Facebook Criticizes Ethereum Indirectly

On July 1, Meta declared on the Novi website that “the Novi pilot is ending shortly” and that Novi will “no longer be accessible for usage after September 1,”. According to the article, as of July 21, customers will no longer be able to add funds to their accounts, and both the Novi app and the company’s WhatsApp account will be deactivated.

The Halt of Marcus’s Moment at Meta and the Start of Lightspark

Marcus announced his departure from Meta at the end of 2021 through Twitter on November 30, 2021. He noted that:

“after a fulfilling seven years at Meta, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down and leave the company”

On May 12, Marcus tweeted that he had founded a firm called Lightspark to “research, innovate, and expand the possibilities and usefulness of Bitcoin,” with an initial emphasis on Lightning Network.

He also added:


Reactions from Ethereum Fans

The Ethereum network is transitioning from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS) with only four weeks remaining before the “Merge” protocol update. Yesterday, Marcus was praising Bitcoin again, but this time in a tone that some Ethereum fans seem to have found offensive.

Marcus informed his over 103,000 Twitter followers that he is delighted Lightspark is growing on Bitcoin due to Ethereum’s forthcoming Merge event (which he implies is a more stable and predictable platform). Mike Dudas, co-founder and general partner of 6th Man Ventures, was among several who questioned Marcus’s remark.

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