Terra accidental airdrop leads to smear marketing campaign, community member claims

Terraform Labs (TFL), the agency behind the defunct algorithmic stablecoin TerraUST (USTC), and its co-founder Do Kwon is again within the limelight once more for allegedly working a smear marketing campaign and issuing threats in opposition to certainly one of their very own community members.

It all began within the month of May with the genesis airdrop that was deliberate after the unique ecosystem imploded within the wake of its stablecoin depeg. TFL, in a Twitter thread, claimed that Jimmy Le, a community member entrusted with Terra community funds, has refused to return funds gained through the genesis airdrop.

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The thread famous that the newly minted token, now referred to as LUNA, was airdropped to people holding the unique native token (now referred to as) LUNAC. However, an error with regard to CW3 multi-sig wallets resulted in particular person signers of those multi-sigs receiving LUNA airdrops, which they need to not have.

TFL claimed that every one different multisig singers returned the accidental airdrop aside from Jimmy and regardless of their finest efforts, he’s but to cooperate with them.

Jimmy, the person accused of not returning the accidental airdrop, responded to the TFL tweet thread on Jan. 9 and accused them of working a smear marketing campaign in opposition to him. He stated the agency has intentionally chosen to current one facet of the story and has additionally lied about their interactions. He claimed that at no level he refused to return the accidental airdrop however needed to make certain in regards to the tax implications due to the tokens he had acquired.

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He additionally clarified that he transferred the liquid portion of the airdrop (round $1 to 1.5 million) to the multisig TFL specified, and not one of the airdropped tokens has ever been undelegated or bought. But later, he came upon that the chain improve didn’t reset his vesting balances to the community pool however moderately enabled the guide switch of vesting tokens to the community pool. This made him revisit his tax issues once more.

Jimmy claimed that tax-related conversations with the TFL continued till December 2022 earlier than TFL instantly posted the Twitter thread on Jan. 6. He claimed that the smear marketing campaign caught him off guard as they had been within the means of a settlement.

He additionally allegedly shared private messages from TFL co-founder Kwon threatening him with numerous penalties, together with private security. One of the messages learn:

“Just make it proper, it isn’t well worth the trouble and endangerment this may deliver to your life and/or popularity going ahead. That’s all I’m gonna say anymore on the topic. I’ll NOT be concerned in searching you down btw. I do not care that a lot. Just thought I’d give u heads up. Good luck. You’ll prob want numerous it for those who attempt to abscond.”

The clarification from Jimmy and the alleged messages from Kwon riled up the crypto community, particularly Fatman, a Twitter deal with devoted to the Terra-LUNA fiasco.

Fatman lauded Jimmy and took a potshot at Kwon, saying that somebody who tried illegally promoting US securities and is on the run from Interpol shouldn’t threaten others for getting authorized and tax recommendation. He added additional, “do not take monetary recommendation from Do Kwon. It’s at all times the fitting play.”

Cointelegraph reached out to TFL, Do Kwon and Jimmy Le to get extra clarification on the problem however did not get a response on the press time.