Tron has been in constant controversy since its launch in 2017. First the plagiarism whitepaper and then all the negative news revolving around Justin Sun, the project’s vain founder.
All paid by Tron?
Today, Tron found a fix for himself after a Youtuber said that he was offered to pay the project to lure out millions of followers. Sun flatly denied the claims, but Youtuber shared screenshots as evidence – drawing the attention of all the celebrities who tweeted about Tron over the past week.
Marques Brownlee, a popular tech Youtuber who runs the MKBHD channel, said in a tweet Tuesday that he had been offered money by Tron to talk about the network and make it appear as an “organic money”. I said:
“I don’t want to learn about TRON, but I’m willing to help you find any information on this. I have an email receipt, ”he said.
That was in response to Sun’s earlier tweet. Brownlee claims “not authorized” by the Tron Foundation. Tron will work with community members to see if this effort is pursued by the Tron Foundation.
Besides that, although Brownlee doesn’t accept any payments, Tron is said to have paid celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and NE-YO to tweet about Tron, the ecosystem, and the projects it builds on. its blockchain (mainly projects with direct links to Sun).
In such a tweet, Lohan said that “was exploring DeFi and liked JST, SUN, TRX. Super fast and 0 charge. Good job”. Similar tweets were then sent out by Akon, Jake Paul, Amanda Cerny and others.
Neither of them disclosed whether the tweet was advertised or not, even though US law requires all ads on social media to be appropriately disclosed with the “promotional” tag. For her part, Sun said in another tweet that celebrities are actually using Tron “due to its fast speed and low cost”.
However, Brownlee did expose those claims. He shared a screenshot of a letter saying “we don’t need to make it look like a sponsored tweet, Marques could openly comment on what he thinks of Tron in a tweet and post it. ”
“Glad to add his honest opinion, nothing wrong or scripted,” added the alleged email from Tron.
Jason Choi, a joint partner at crypto fund Spartan Group, says such actions could be heavily fined by US authorities, after considering similar cases in the past.
“No one is surprised that the celebrity TRX stork on Twitter seemed to be sponsored and the disclosure was deliberately ignored. If Lindsay Lohan received the fine as Mayweather did, it would be + 70% of her net worth (assuming the public data is correct)
Meanwhile, whether celebrities are actually paid remains a mystery. But in the meantime, Sun decided to deactivate Twitter for a while.