However, the decisions appear to quash allegations from earlier in the month that the exchanges were coordinating with Justin Sun in his apparent attempted takeover of the Steem network.
Both exchanges will take snapshots of STEEM account balances at 2 PM UTC, and both exchanges will suspend STEEM deposits and withdrawals 30 minutes prior to the snapshot.
It has been analyzed that HIVE tokens will be distributed through a 1:1 airdrop; however, the roughly 74 million tokens held by Steemit Inc through a controversial “ninja-mine” will not be airdropped onto the new chain.
Hive announced its plans for a hard fork on March 18 by describing itself as having been “created by a large group of Steem community members who have long looked to move towards true decentralization.”
Likewise, Hive comprises a community-led backlash protesting Tron founder Justin Sun’s apparent bid to forcibly take over the Steem network earlier this month.
On March 3, community members of Steemit, the blockchain-powered blogging platform, discovered that customer funds held on Huobi and Binance had been mobilized to vote alongside Justin Sun to oust the network’s council of nodes in favor of himself.
The move came nearly three weeks after Justin Sun purchased Steemit and announced that the platform would be migrating to the Tron network from its native Steem blockchain.
Similarly, in response to extreme community backlash, Huobi and Binance quickly withdrew their votes by claiming that they had been informed of upcoming network upgrades and that they did not intend to collude with Sun to execute the network coup.
It has also been analyzed that on March 10, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance, published an apology letter to the Steem community.
While some analysts speculated that Huobi and Binance may have been quickly attempting to cover their tracks and manage community outrage, the exchanges’ support for the Hive hard fork appears to validate their purported agnosticism with regard to the governance of both the Steem and Hive blockchains.
Moreover, the announcement of the Hive hard fork saw Steem rally 230% from $0.125 to $0.412 over 17 hours.
Thus, STEEM remains the strongest performing crypto asset of the past few hours.
Source: binance.zendesk.com | huobiglobal.zendesk.com | cointelegraph.com | Image: steemit.com