New Browser Plugin Autoblocks Twitter Accounts with NFT Profile Pictures

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To some people, NFTs are a strange argument, made more stranger by the intricacy of the technology and the strangeness of the subject matter. Because of their hype, NFTs have gotten a lot of backlashes, mainly because of the question, “Why are individuals paying millions for a digital file?” 

“Why don’t you just go anywhere on the Internet and grab free photos and gifs like everyone else?”

Since Twitter added hexagon-shaped profile photographs for anyone who has to prove that they own the non-fungible tokens they’ve posted as their profile image, it’s fuelled the fires of those who aren’t fond of them.

It’s a never-ending conflict, with players and a few tech enthusiasts on one side criticising the “funge” of NFTs and crypto enthusiasts on the other maintaining their faith in the technology.

However, a developer known as McClure on GitHub has created a way for people who despise NFTs to separate themselves from those who believe in them intentionally.

Those who own NFTs are working hard to entice others to buy them, and those that hold NFTs want others to invest in them so that when they sell them, they may make more money. The difficulty is that when you have to explain and persuade people that something like an NFT is worthwhile, what you’re saying is that it has no intrinsic value hence creating the hype around NFTs that often receives backlash.

Within 24 hours of the release of the Twitter non-fungible token, or NFT, profile images for iOS update, McClure, a GitHub contributor, created and shared a browser plugin that automatically disables Twitter accounts using an NFT profile image.

NFTBlocker is an application that prevents paid customers of the Twitter Blue for iOS service from using an NFT as their profile image.

The extension works with Chrome and Firefox on the desktop, and “future versions of this plugin will scan your notifications and do the blocking automatically,” according to an early prototype.

But why would someone create such an add-on? It’s because NFTs are an “investment scam,” according to McClure’s README.

“In short, NFT users are just irritating to be around. People who buy NFTs have to keep hyping other people to buy NFTs, or the NFTs they bought will lose value. Twitter NFT cliques are rife with sockpuppet accounts, dogpiling and indifferentiable monkey clones. Blocking NFT users just makes Twitter nicer.”

Twitter keeps an eye on accounts to see if they engage in mechanical behaviour. This plugin is essentially a bot, and it may trigger Twitter’s bot detection. If you use this plugin, you’ll very certainly be asked to give Twitter your phone number at some time to ensure you’re not a bot. If your Twitter pages don’t load after a bulk block, try removing your cookie, restarting your browser, and logging in again.

The web creator recommends using Better TweetDeck to block NFT profile photo users.

On the other hand, McClure appears to be unaware of the primary motive for Twitter’s decision to employ NFTs. “Jack Dorsey is involved in bitcoin and will make money if Twitter makes NFTs more popular,” Mcclure writes in the README section.

While Jack Dorsey has significant cryptocurrency holdings, since standing down as Twitter’s CEO last year, he has shown little interest in NFTs.

When it comes to the concept of “ownership,” NFT shills use it as a refuge when others question the worth of NFTs. They promote possession as a valuable asset in and of itself.

According to Mcclure’s README, there are three main reasons why anyone would want to restrict NFT users:

  • The NFT system has a stunning amount of impact on global warming because it was created in a dumb way.
  • The more the demand for NFTs, the higher the value of energy-intensive cryptocurrencies rises, and the more coal and oil these networks consume.
  • Scams and art theft abound in the NFT business.
  • To put it bluntly, NFT users are a nuisance to be around. People who purchased NFTs must continue to entice others to purchase NFTs, or their investments may depreciate.

Some people despise NFTs since they don’t comprehend them and believe they are novel. The next group is people who don’t grasp how it works or how it differs from other blockchain projects. Then others have become victims of FUD.

Then some individuals are simply enraged that the NFT market is not expanding at the rate they anticipated when they invested in the initiative.

The NFTs are shiny and new. Unfortunately, humans are notoriously suspicious of things they don’t comprehend. Consider Bitcoin’s adoption and the impact it has had on crypto adoption in 2022, as opposed to attitudes about Bitcoin and crypto a decade earlier.

New trends and technologies take time to develop, and much of the hatred stems from apprehension.

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