MetaMask and OpenSea block Iranian and Venezuelan users

MetaMask has blocked users from certain jurisdictions from accessing its services and interacting with Ethereum.

Users from Venezuela and Iran have started reporting problems with access to their digital wallets, with hundreds of users reporting no transactions sent via MetaMask have gone through.

The first bans were recorded on OpenSea, with reports of locking and deactivating users of IP addresses from Iran. Users from Venezuela began reporting problems with accessing their MetaMask wallets shortly after, with thousands of notices about the issue appearing on social media.

Source: Twitter

MetaMask briefly addressed the issue on its support page, stating that MetaMask and Infura will not be available in certain jurisdictions due to legal compliance. When attempting to use MetaMask in one of those regions, the user will receive a message stating that MetaMask could not connect to the blockchain host.

Source: Twitter

While users can view their MetaMask balance and transaction history, any attempt to interact with the Ethereum network is blocked. This means that the ban originates from Infura, the Ethereum API infrastructure developed by ConsenSys.

MetaMask’s ban caused outrage in the crypto community, leaving many frustrated with its lack of decentralization and the liberal use of censorship.

The ongoing incident has also sparked an industry-wide debate about the importance of using a secure VPN when interacting with cryptocurrencies and the need for viable alternatives to MetaMask.

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