Beginning with an innocuous question posed to Twitter followers, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong stirred up controversy when later dismissing DigiByte community responses as “spam”.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong got the DigiByte community talking on Twitter — but not in a good way — after posting the following tweet:

Armstrong explained in a follow-up tweet,

Just an FYI, I’m not going to comment on which assets we may or may not add in the future, to adhere to our trading policy. If there is something you think I should be aware of free free to post it, but it’s not a question I can likely answer.


Many in the DigiByte community took the initial question as an opportunity to enthusiastically promote DGB as a candidate for trading on the exchange platform, despite the tweet from Armstrong regarding his lack of interest in discussing asset additions to the platform.

Armstrong soon expressed frustration in the persistence of the passionate DGB crowd,

Based on numerous responses to the thread, this comment was seen by many in the DigiByte community as a dismissive remark, diminishing the authenticity and sincerity of their comments. Luke [DGB], a long-time supporter of DigiByte and a core member of the DigiByte awareness team, posted a video explaining his concerns regarding the thread and the “spam” comments:

Luke expressed the fact that the DigiByte community consists of real people, as opposed to bots or fake accounts, who are genuine supporters of a legitimately decentralized project — a project that clearly meets the requirements for listing as spelled out by Coinbase in their digital asset framework, created in 2018. He goes on to question if requirements have changed, asking “What’s it going to take…” for legitimate cryptocurrencies like DigiByte to be listed on the platform.

Part of the criticism from the community centers around the fact that certain currencies have been successfully listed on Coinbase, despite not meeting apparent requirements (XRP, for example, does not meet some parameters of the Coinbase digital asset framework, whereas DigiByte is one of a number of projects that are much more in line with the framework criteria).

Luke from DGB explained, “We feel as though we’ve met the criteria… (that was) given out to the public back in September 2018”… “It seems that there are inconsistencies between that criteria and the actual projects that are getting listed on Coinbase or may not be getting listed…”

“People want to know why (DigiByte) hasn’t been listed, or even so much as mentioned by Coinbase”