Initially, Bitcoin exchange Coinbase issued a statement regarding the SegWit2x and Bitcoin Gold hardforks, confirming that, if SegWit2x implemented, it will keep the BTC ticker for the original bitcoin chain.
Update on Bitcoin Segwit2x and Bitcoin Gold: https://t.co/DkonFNn1Xy
— Coinbase (@coinbase) 23 октября 2017 г.
However, now Coinbase announces quite the opposite thing: it will call "Bitcoin" the chain with the most accumulated difficulty.
Clarifying: we'll call the chain with the most accumulated difficulty bitcoin. Important for us to remain neutral and let the market decide. https://t.co/5iMhuRtHIh
— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) 25 октября 2017 г.
Brian Armstrong, Co-founder & CEO at Coinbase, made an apology anout the confusion caused by the initial statement.
Apologies our initial post was not as clear as it could have been about what happens after the fork. Determining when the chains are "stable" is a judgement call. Market cap, community support, etc would all factor in. High level thought is that the market should decide (not us) - so our attempt is to remain as neutral as possible here. Also: communicating intentions turns out to be hard! Thank you for bearing with us :)
Co-founder & CEO at Coinbase
On top of that, the company stresses that when making the final decision Coinbase will take into account the stability of the network, market capitalization and the community support. The representatives also note that they always adopt a position of neutrality on any forks, letting the market decide.
It is alos noteworthy that the new statement was made only a day after the company had made the previous one. Now, a great deal of criticism comes down on Coinbase. In particular, the founder of Litecoin and the opponent of SegWit2x, Charlie Lee, expresses the dissatisfaction with the company's policy.
— Charlie Lee [NO2X] (@SatoshiLite) 25 октября 2017 г.
Earlier this month, Coinbase was included in the "black list" of the Bitcoin.org portal due to the company's position on SegWit2x.
What is Coinbase up to, remains to be seen.