One of the most popular and dedicated communities of Bitcoin(BTC) over the internet subreddit “r/Bitcoin” has hit the mark of one million subscribers mark, as per the post from the community moderator “ibelite” on December 2.
The widely popular community was founded in September 2010, nearly two years after the release of BTC white paper. The subreddit reached the milestone amidst the market slump beginning on November 14, after the controversial hard fork of Bitcoin Cash into Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV/
The description of the subreddit reads the community is “dedicated to Bitcoin, the currency of the Internet. Bitcoin is a distributed, worldwide, decentralized digital money. Bitcoins are issued and managed without any central authority whatsoever: there is no government, company, or bank in charge of Bitcoin. You might be interested in Bitcoin if you like cryptography, distributed peer-to-peer systems, or economics. A large percentage of Bitcoin enthusiasts are libertarians, though people of all political philosophies are welcome.”
After a while the alternate subreddit “r/btc” was created in order “to foster and support free and open Bitcoin discussion” as a response to the allegations that the “r/Bitcoin” community members are involved in censoring against particular themes, primarily on the debate over block size of the blocks of blockchain.
One user “theymos” also a moderator of “r/Bitcoin” and one of the figures in the center of the controversy has also defended the alleged censorship by saying that “posts about anything especially emotionally-charged [such as the about the block size debate] will be deleted unless they introduce some very substantial new ideas about the subject.”
One other dissenting redditor, whose post received around 89% upvote, countered this explanation stating “How is the Bitcoin community supposed to build consensus to do a hard fork when the /r/bitcoin mods ban any discussion of a hard fork proposal that does not have consensus?”
Leading face behind the hard fork of BTC, Roger Ver tweeted saying that “r/Bitcoin” is alleged “completely censored and has been for nearly 3 years now.”
At press time “r/btc” has around 231,000 subscribers.