Tornado Cash, an Ethereum coin mixer, is back to GitHub.
Tornado Cash, a cryptocurrency mixer, is back on the GitHub software hosting platform.
The Tornado Cash service, which enables users to send and receive Ethereum anonymously, was blacklisted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury last month. The app, which aggregates transactions to hide their origins, is no longer accessible to Americans.
GitHub’s action comes after Ethereum developers urged mixer service hosting platforms to refrain from banning Tornado Cash code.
Ethereum developers frequently use GitHub, a centralised internet hosting site for software development. In order to comply with the new U.S. rule, GitHub and other platforms deleted Tornado Cash from their platforms within hours of the OFAC statement.
Ethereum developers have urged platforms that host the Tornado Cash code to lift their prohibitions because they consider computer code to be protected speech under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Preston Van Loon, a developer with Ethereum’s core, requested on September 13 that the mixer’s code be relisted on GitHub.
— prestonvanloon.eth (@preston_vanloon) September 22, 2022
Preston Van Loon, an Ethereum core developer who was one of several vocal members of the cryptocurrency industry who urged Github to lift its ban on Tornado Cash’s source repositories, tweeted the good news. He earlier stated that “free expression is a constitutional principle worth safeguarding” and that “code is communication.”
OFAC provided details on how Americans could get their money back that was locked up with Tornado Cash earlier this month.
In the cryptocurrency and developer communities, the ongoing Tornado Cash dispute has generated a lot of worries, with many people becoming concerned about legal repercussions related to publishing open-source code. A few significant cryptocurrency firms also protested the Treasury Department’s actions, with Coinbase exchange agreeing to back a lawsuit filed by users of Tornado Cash against the OFAC.
As was previously reported, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin openly asserted that he gave money to Ukraine via Tornado Cash in order to safeguard the beneficiaries’ financial anonymity.
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