Many mainstream media outlets reported this week that child porn is permanently encoded into the Bitcoin blockchain. Turns out that these stories were 'fake news
' but many within the industry chimed in with their own thoughts
. Within my own circles we started discussing the very real implications of what constitutes possession of illegal materials if they are scored on a blockchain. Are you breaking the law by running a node in that case? Or mining? Does the community fork the chain every time there's illegal material found? Muddy waters to say the least.