Signal’s founder is trolling with an NFT that’ll turn to shit if you buy it

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This can happen with many NFTs, but that’s really the point with this

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Moxie Marlinspike is the founder of the secure messaging app Signal trolling a bit By issuing an NFT that appears different depending on which platform you’re viewing – and will reportedly be displayed in your wallet as a poop emoji if you actually buy it.


It seems he is doing this to point out the potential fragility of NFTs, which should serve as a permanent record of owning a piece of art or media. They are unique digital tokens that are stored on the blockchain, but in most cases, it is really just the record that resides on the chain – the image is stored elsewhere. This means that those spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for them may be at the mercy of image hosts that are operating independently of the blockchain.

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It is no secret that many NFTs will be at risk if the servers hosting them go down. For the most part, they are not stored on the blockchain; Art is just a link. According to Marlinspike, he’s pulling it this way – he’s rendering the image differently depending on the IP or user agent that’s requesting it.

The NFT featured on OpenSea, versus it featured on Rarible.

(and yes, I checked to make sure both Rare And open sea the pages are actually being displayed same token. If you have any doubts, you can use Rarible’s “Watch on OpenSea” button located in the “…” menu to see for yourself.)

It probably will come as no surprise that someone named Moxie Marlinspike is no stranger to trolling and antics IRL. there are stories How about buying and crashing a hot air balloon at a very serious convention or using a picture of yourself in an asparagus-shaped hat. and who can forget Instagram ad signal tried to run This shows what Facebook’s advertising profile thinks of you.

Marlinspike is also no stranger to differing political views, which has led to him being labeled an anarchist (we asked him years ago if that label was accurate, and he said it was complicated); he is heavy advocated against law enforcement And Said their job must be difficult.

What I’m getting at is that it’s no surprise he’s poked some fun at NFTs and how they work. However, it is a bit strange that he is confused as to why people are bidding on NFTs that turn into a poop emoji. I mean, Have you seen some NFTs bought by people?? A bid of $400 for a changing NFT seems completely reliable at the moment.

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