Ethereum’s name service director is still in charge despite outcry over his tweets

Ethereum Name Service (ENS) director Brantly Millegan remains in his post after a vote to remove him over a number of controversial tweets. A snapshot of the vote shows that 1.6 million governance tokens have pledged against its removal, including 1.4 million for this one, a margin of 5.88%.

ENS is a blockchain protocol used by over 300,000 people. It converts convoluted crypto wallet addresses into a single username of the user’s choice. Addresses are in the format “username.eth” and have become widely used in the Web3 community.

One of Millegan’s alumni tweet resurfaced last month, in which he said, “Homosexual acts are wrong. Transgender does not exist. Abortion is murder. Contraception is a perversion. The same goes for masturbation and porn. Some of his other offensive tweets were also dug. Millegan was fired from True Names Limited, the non-profit organization behind ENS, over his comments. But he is still one of the directors of the ENS Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), which is controlled by the token holders themselves.

Millegan is one of the most important decision makers in the ENS community. He assumed the role of delegate or community representative which DAO members vote for by allocating their ENS tokens. Delegates vote on decisions for DAO members; the more tokens a delegate is promised, the more voting power they have.

As of this writing, there are currently around 354,000 tokens pledged to Millegan – the most of any other ENS DAO delegate – even after some users urged other members move their chips elsewhere. As ENS co-founder Alex Van de Sande points out on Twitter, only 1,600 of the tokens pledged by Millegan belong to its own wallet; the rest belongs to the approximately 5,600 addresses that delegate their tokens to it.

The vote for Millegan’s impeachment, which ended on Saturday, included his own (heavily weighted) vote against. Nick Johnson, the founder of the ENS, abstained from voting. If Millegan had also abstained from voting, he would have been removed from his position as a director – the tokens put up to remove him would have exceeded the tokens pledged to keep him.


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