Ethereum Name Service Nonprofit Terminates Brantly Millegan’s Contract Over Tweets

The legal entity that leads development of the Web3 app Ethereum Name Service (ENS), True Names Limited (TNL), has terminated Brantly Millegan’s contract this morning. 

Millegan is the director of operations at ENS, a solution that turns complicated Ethereum addresses into easily readable “.eth” addresses.  

“TNS, the nonprofit that funds and organizes the development of ENS, has terminated the contract of Brantly Millegan effective today,” read a tweet from Nick Johnson, the lead developer behind ENS. 

TNS’ move follows a backlash stemming from the reemergence of a controversial tweet from Millegan. 

“Many of you were hurt by Brantly’s comments over the past 24 hours, and we strongly believe that ENS should be an inclusive community,” added Johnson. 

In May 2016, Millegan tweeted that homosexual acts were evil, denied the existence of transgenderism, claimed that abortion was murder, and described contraception, masturbation, and pornography as a “perversion.” 

He has continued to defend these views publicly, responding to calls that he address the comments with, “not really anything to address? I adhere to the world’s largest religion, and apparently that’s not allowed in Web3?”

Millegan has also been removed indefinitely from his position as community steward by the ENS DAO following a vote within the community. An ENS steward is an elected role within the DAO responsible for managing its operations

Following his removal, another proposal outlined the next steps and included potentially removing him as director of the ENS foundation and asking Millegan to step down from leadership roles in ENS. 

The ENS token, the service’s native governance token, has reacted modestly to the latest events, rising just over 1% in the past 24 hours, according to data CoinMarketCap

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