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‘Concerning precedent’ — bloXroute Labs’ MEV relays to reject OFAC blocks

‘Concerning precedent’ — bloXroute Labs' MEV relays to reject OFAC blocks

One of the largest producers of censorship-resistant blocks on Ethereum has made a complete u-turn, announcing it will start censoring OFAC-sanctioned blocks across all of its MEV relays in compliance with local laws.

The firm, bloXroute Labs — which has produced at least 400,000 Ethereum blocks from its two leading Maximal Extraction Value (MEV) relays — made the announcement of its policy change on Dec. 18 in a post on X (formerly Twitter), noting: 

“Effective immediately, all bloXroute relays will reject block bids if they contain OFAC transactions.”

An “OFAC transaction,” as described by bloXroute Labs, is any that interacts with a wallet that has been sanctioned by the United States Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC. 

All of bloXroute Labs’ relays will be affected, including the “bloXroute Max Profit” relay, the second largest censorship-resistant MEV relay with over 380,000 blocks produced since the Ethereum Merge on Sept. 15, 2022, according to data shared with Cointelegraph by Australian blockchain development firm Labrys.

Number of censorship-resistant blocks produced by the relays since the Ethereum Merge. Note the below table is Labry’s best estimate based on data from MEV Watch. Please note there is a margin of error with this data due to multiple relays submitting the same blocks in some instances.Source: Labrys

Despite the news, bloXroute Labs says it is still committed to keeping Ethereum decentralized and permissionless while operating within the bounds of the law.

However, some members of the Ethereum community claim that stricter compliance measures are now limiting pathways to credible neutrality on Ethereum.

This “sets a concerning precedent for the industry,” Labry’s CEO Lachlan Feeney told Cointelegraph.

“Like the internet, censorship should be avoided [at the protocol level] and instead, rules and regulations are best applied at the application level,” Feeney explained.

Given Ethereum is a global infrastructure, Feeney said he was concerned that more countries will enforce their own sanctions, which could make it “impossible” to construct a block that complies…

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