The NFT release and trading platform OpenSea began blocking and deleting the accounts of Russian users without warning and subsequent explanation.
The first cases of blocking in the form of restricting access were recorded about two months ago. As the affected users told crypto-daily.news, then when contacting OpenSea, they received a message about the temporary unavailability of the resource for technical reasons. However, since mid-April, OpenSea has begun to completely block the accounts of customers from Russia.
“Your account has been blocked because it is contrary to our Terms of Service. This means that you will no longer have access to your OpenSea account. Your collections and any items from these collections have been removed from the list and will not be available to other users,” OpenSea told blocked users.
At the same time, wallets connected via API to OpenSea simply did not open. When users contacted technical support, the platform was limited to the following explanation: “The account was blocked for violating our Terms of Service.” There was no explanation or reference to a specific violation of these Terms.
Another fact of the “unfriendly” actions of the platform in relation to some users from Russia was the impossibility of passing the initial verification when creating a new account.
Similar measures to block accounts were taken by OpenSea in March this year against Iranian citizens. Then representatives of the platform confirmed that the marketplace is forced to block users because of the sanctions imposed by the United States.
“OpenSea blocks users and territories on the U.S. sanctions list. They may not use our services, including buying, selling or transferring NFT through OpenSea. If we find that individuals are violating our sanctions rules, we will immediately take action to block the relevant accounts,” OpenSea said in a statement.
Probably, it was the introduction of anti-Russian sanctions by the United States that was the root cause for the start of blocking the accounts of Russian users. So far, isolated cases of such blocking are known, but the actual scale may be much larger. crypto-daily.news will continue to monitor the development of the situation.
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