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Bitmain Reportedly Monitor Its Employees at Work before the Massive Layoff

Beijing-based bitcoin mining giant Bitmain was reportedly monitoring its employees at work via a self-developed app before its much-publicized layoff.

Several verified Bitmain employees revealed that ahead of the abrupt job cuts, the company had deployed an app called Appia among its employees that could monitor their behaviors at work, according to a report by local crypto media Yibenchain.

“Please do not cite my words in your article, the company is watching and they can find me.” A Bitmain employee told the reporter.

According to official sources, Appia is a public cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) developed by Bitmain for AI security system. But now it has turned into what employees at Bitmain claimed a tool for monitoring their working computers.

It seems that Bitmain’s employees’ discontents towards the company and its boss have been piling since the layoff. Former employees bitterly said, “the company laid off us and the boss didn’t show up or said a word.”

The company has found itself entangled in conflicts and rumors over the past months, from financial figures for IPO, BCH hash war and board reshuffle, to the recent massive layoff and CEOs stepping down. However, it seems they don’t bother to clear all these up, only with the response that “we have collected evidence and reserve the right to pursue legal liability for false information.”

Nevertheless, the reaction of the company’s cofounder and CEO Jihan Wu has been indifferent, given that Wu often shouted at his enemies on Twitter with bellicose statements in face of attacks.

“Fuck your mother if you want fuck,” emerged as perhaps his most infamous tweet.

In the BCH hash war this November, every time CSW launched an attack, he will always stand out to fight back at once. Despite all those bad news, grounded or not, Wu left no comments on his personal social network nor publicly, with his Twitter updates on December 3.

With his baby face, eyeglasses and casual suits, Jihan Wu looks more like a geeky teen than a billionaire. Many believe he’s a preacher, a hero, a self-made billionaire; while in most bitcoin miners’ eye, he is a “villain”, a “mining monopoly”, a “dictator”. As crypto media Coindesk describes him in 2017, “whether you’re a hero or a villain depends from which side people are judging you from.”

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