• In certain jurisdictions, MetaMask bans Ethereum transactions alleging compliance problems

  • Users from certain jurisdictions are no longer able to access MetaMask’s services or interact with Ethereum.

    Users in Venezuela and Iran began reporting issues accessing their digital wallets early today, with hundreds of users indicating that none of their transactions conducted through MetaMask were realized.

    The first reports of bans came from OpenSea, which apparently locked and deactivated some Iranian users. Soon after, users in Venezuela began experiencing issues accessing their own MetaMask wallets, with thousands of posts about the issue circulating on social media.

    On its help page, MetaMask briefly addressed the matter, stating that MetaMask and Infura will be unavailable in certain areas owing to legal compliance. When trying to use MetaMask in one of those regions, users will see an error message claiming that MetaMask is unable to connect to the blockchain host.

    While users can view their MetaMask balances and transaction history, they are unable to engage with the Ethereum network. This suggests that the ban is the result of Infura, ConsenSys’ Ethereum API infrastructure.

    The restriction on MetaMask has sparked controversy in the cryptocurrency world, with many frustrated by its lack of decentralization and liberal use of censorship.

    The ongoing situation has also spurred an industry-wide discussion about the significance of utilizing secure VPNs while interacting with cryptocurrencies, as well as the need for suitable alternatives to MetaMask.

    Neither MetaMask nor ConsenSys have issued a formal statement on the matter.

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