The bitcoin exchange Localbitcoins is a business based in Helsinki, Finland, that offers a web portal for nearly every city worldwide where users can participate in over-the-counter bitcoin trades. The company was founded in 2012 and has since been a favorite trading vehicle for bitcoin proponents across the globe.
Since the hard fork that produced bitcoin cash, many individuals wondered if Localbitcoins would compensate people with BCH if they held bitcoin there before August 1. Some even talked of threatening the company with a lawsuit because Localbitcoins didn’t mention a plan for after the fork. According to the company, BCH will not be supported by the organization, but they have sold the BCH balances and have credited users with BTC.
The startup details that the BCH held on Localbitcoins was sold and “credited to customers at its corresponding value.” All of the BCH funds left on the exchange were converted to bitcoin (BTC), and the company says open trades were also considered.
“Open trades that had any balance at the time were also taken into consideration, based on who received the Bitcoin after the trade was completed or closed,”explains Localbitcoins.
Bitcoin Cash Supporters Believe Localbitcoin’s Statements Were More Like “Trolling” Than an Announcement
Bitcoin Cash supporters were not pleasedwith the startup’s announcement telling the public they up and sold people’s BCH funds without asking. Further, the blog post references the digital currency as “Bcash” numerous times throughout the blog post and many supporters viewed this as a taunt. According to BCH supporters, the entire announcement was very “troll-like” and condescending towards the fork.