Rick Falkvinge, a prominent Bitcoin Cash [BCH] proponent, said that the much-anticipated Layer 2 solution or the Lightning Network project is a “dead end for all intents and purposes”. According to Falkvinge, the so-called solution failed to provide solutions for some of the major problems plaguing the Bitcoin network since the past year.
In a recent video, Falkvinge claimed that unlike a normal project, whose completion time decreases over time, the LN project’s completion time has only increased over time.
Backing his claim that the Layer 2 solution would never be project ready, in his presentation, Falkvinge pointed out that in late 2015 or 2016, the Lightning network was just six months away, but in 2017, it was announced that the project was 18 months away. However, no updates were revealed the year after that. The founder of the Pirate Party, who has been a huge critic of the scalability solution project, outlined eight problems with the Lightning Network back in February last year.
He also opined that the concept of Watch Tower was fundamentally wrong. Talking about deploying watchtowers to monitor on-chain transactions on the network, Falkvinge said that it was an unnecessary complexity. One of the problems that he noted was that the users must be online to receive funds.
Falkvinge said that the “so-called” solution that LN presented over the past 12 months is that in place of users, a third-party ecosystem called “watch towers” would be online to detect possible threats and other malicious actors and neutralize it. According to him, this is not a solution as Bitcoin does not require “anybody” to be online for a transaction to settle.
He also spoke about the legal liability associated with Lightning Network nodes. He stated that when a user on the network deposits money into a channel with another user, the individual starts acting like a bank and that bank requires a license to run. This is where the legal liability comes into the picture, he said.
Additionally, calling it a design flaw in the Layer 2 solution, Falkvinge said that there would be no cold storage and the users on the network wouldn’t be able to store funds safely.
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