The mining pools AntPool and BTC.com, which are operated by the largest manufacturer of equipment for the mining of cryptocurrency Bitmain, reject all SegWit transactions in the Bitcoin network. This is reported by a well-known community trader WhalePanda, with a link to users of Reddit.
— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) October 29, 2018
The user -johoe stressed that AntPool managed to get four blocks in a row, thereby filling the SegWit memory card with transactions. If on block #547 566 the commission made up 0.04 BTC, he claims, then on the next block, which went to BTC.com, it was already 0.24 BTC.
Nevertheless, many users agreed that pools simply harm their business because of ideological convictions, while the Bitcoin network is resistant to this kind of censorship.
“You put in a normal fee, and your transaction stays stuck because segwit is blocked by antpool. Since the pool gets bigger, the fees rise… and your transactions stays stuck. Add in some other random factors – and it might be stuck for days (had this happen). And if you’re really unlucky the fees are permanently high and the pool stays big, and your transaction is stuck forever (you might be able to replace-by-fee, but only if you have the right wallet for it),” an user explains with simple words.
Recall that in early September, AntPool was accused of using the AsicBoost optimization algorithm on block # 540 032.
After a month and a half, Bitmain introduced updated software for Antminer S9 devices with this algorithm, and soon the solution was implemented in the Braiins Wolfram operating system from Slush Pool.