On Friday, crypto analytics site Messari and data analyst Zack Voell shared a controversial chart called “Bitcoin Cash versus Lightning,” which claims to display a comparison of activity for both networks. Voell contended that the Lightning Network was growing at a faster rate than the scaling solution BCH has to offer. The way the chart was portrayed and the written critique was contentious, to say the least, and crypto supporters accused the Messari analyst of being biased and “cherry picking” data.
Messari Analyst Accused of Cherry Picking Data
Zack Voell, a data analyst from Messari, stands accused of producing biased material for the website that claims to “promote transparency and smarter decision-making in the cryptoasset community.” On Sep. 6, Voell tweeted a chart that claimed to show the comparative growth and use of BCH versus the Lightning Network. A quick glimpse at the chart shared by Voell makes it look like the Lightning Network has seen exponential growth while the BCH side is dreary. According to the author, “[BCH] transaction count, traded volume, returns (denominated in Bitcoin), and active addresses all fell by double-digit percentages since September 2018.”
Bitcoin Cash versus Lightning
YTD of comparative network activity seems to show one scaling solution growing significantly faster than the other. (Obviously, the comparison is imperfect, but these data are still telling.) https://t.co/Uvf5z2WoBW pic.twitter.com/qzjFdYkPSC
— Peter Ryan (@_PeterRyan) September 7, 2019
Following Voell’s tweet, live stream host Collin Enstad laughed at the Messari analyst’s chart and asked: “Did you just cherry pick a stress test day from a year ago and then claim the transaction count is down over 90% — 12 months later?” During the first week of September 2018,