With Kusama losing his verification badge, several influencers like LUCIE have taken to Twitter to caution against hurriedly clicking links as scammers could take advantage of the situation.
Shytoshi Kusama, the anonymous volunteer lead developer of the Shiba Inu ecosystem, has addressed the removal of his Twitter verification badge.
Notably, the developer lost the check mark after he tried to shorten his Twitter name to Shytoshi.
In a tweet today, the developer thanked his supporters and bashed media outlets for paying attention to detractors, pointing out that he had again added “Kusama” to his Twitter name. Consequently, he expects that the microblogging platform will verify his account again.
The developer made this statement in response to a comment from prominent community influencer SHIB BPP (@ShibBPP). Notably, SHIB BPP had taken a shot at Kusama by attributing the loss of the verification badge to a claim that the lead developer was a scammer.
“Thanks for all the kind words in the comments,” Kusama wrote in response to SHIB BPP. “It’s sad to see these people say such things and still be relied upon by some media outlets. Ignoring the FUD. (And I added Kusama back to my name and they will re verify.).”
Thanks for all the kind words in the comments. It's sad to see these people say such things and still be relied upon by some media outlets. Ignoring the FUD. (And I added Kusama back to my name and they will re verify.)
— Shytoshi Kusama™ (@ShytoshiKusama) March 11, 2023
It bears mentioning that following a fallout in January, the Shiba Inu community is now split into factions, with one opposed to Kusama’s leadership which they perceive as akin to an authoritarian regime. In what DeFi_Kraken (@DeFi_Kraken) described as a “hostile takeover,” Kusama created a new Telegram channel for Shibarium, the ecosystem’s proposed Ethereum Layer 2 protocol, unexplainably removing certain core members from the moderation team.
However, despite this, the lead developer retains support within the broader community, at least according to a Twitter poll conducted by LUCIE (@LucieSHIB), another prominent community influencer.
With Kusama losing his verification badge, several influencers like LUCIE have taken to Twitter to caution against hurriedly clicking links as scammers could take advantage of the situation. Recall that some community members had already taken significant losses after falling victim to a scammer impersonating the lead developer earlier this week.
🚨🚨🚨 @ShytoshiKusama 🚨🚨🚨
He lost his blue verification badge because he changed his name… 💀
It'll be back in a week.
Boy don't click on the links until you check the main accounts EVERYONE MUST RETWEET.
Put All on notification ‼️ So you know when they're all… https://t.co/Rg8xgKl4D3 pic.twitter.com/NJENjq8y3a
— 𝐋𝐔𝐂𝐈𝐄 (@LucieSHIB) March 10, 2023
Developers had disclosed that Shibarium’s public testnet would launch this week. However, with less than 24 hours left to the end of the week, it remains to be seen if this timeline is still valid.