TRON founder Justin Sun has been criticized by members of the crypto community for using the coronavirus outbreak in China as an opportunity for marketing.
Sun, who also serves as CEO of the TRON Foundation, published a tweet on Jan. 28 with pictures of him and other staff members wearing respiratory masks in front of boxes of equipment. According to the tweet, Sun claimed that TRON was supporting the effort against the coronavirus outbreak, which is already responsible for the deaths of more than 250 Chinese citizens.
A previous tweet by the TRON Foundation claimed the organization was shipping medical supplies to Wuhan, giving some context for Sun’s photos.
To ensure that Wuhan citizens pull through this ordeal, @Tronfoundation is doing everything we can to fight #coronavirus! The medical supplies have been packed and will be sent out as soon as possible!— TRON Foundation (@Tronfoundation) January 29, 2020
Wuhan stay strong! We are with you! #TRON #TRXhttps://t.co/FcQy1EjQmz
However, members of the crypto community were split on Sun’s post, with some viewing it as an inappropriate marketing stunt.
Ah yeah, not a surprise that the coronavirus comes around in your tweets too.— Crypto Michaël (@CryptoMichNL) January 29, 2020
For you every tragedy is the way to make marketing.— Paul Brainy (@Paul__Brainy) January 29, 2020
Other members took a less cynical approach, applauding Sun and the TRON Foundation for their support.
Be safe. Well done— John Paul Faour (@olejpf) January 29, 2020
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