Crypto wallet MetaMask’s new terms of conditions going viral as it confuses and surprised the community. If you don’t pay taxes, Metamask reserves the right to withhold it from your Metamask wallet for the tax departments.
MetaMask and ConsenSys now face backlash for withholding consumer funds for paying taxes, which is against decentralization and financial freedom.
MetaMask Updated Terms Face Backlash From Crypto Community
According to new terms of service by MetaMask developer ConsenSys, fees payable by consumers are “exclusive taxes unless otherwise noted. We reserve the right to withhold taxes where required.”
1inch co-founder earlier raised questions on the new MetaMask’s terms stating that MetaMask holds the right to withhold taxes.
Explain me new @MetaMask ToS:
4.3 Taxes. Each party will be responsible, as required under applicable law, for identifying and paying all taxes and other governmental fees and charges. (…) We reserve the right to withhold taxes where required. https://t.co/XA5Mt174Uk
— Anton Bukov 🦇🔊 ⚖️ (@k06a) May 17, 2023
Decentralization Is Dying
Decentralization is the primary principle of crypto. The crypto community took to Twitter to criticize the move by MetaMask, claiming it is against decentralization and financial freedom. Some even linked it to the Ledger controversy, saying the backdoor is for paying taxes and meeting other requirements as per the government’s rules and laws.
Metamask has not released any clarifications regarding the crypto community confusion. In December, ConsenSys faced backlash reading its data collection practices. It shared users’ transaction data alongside their IP addresses with its other product Infura. Metamask later updated the MetaMask wallet in response to the backlash.
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