OpenSea Addresses The 'Elephant In The Room' — The Sale Of Stolen NFTs

Decentralized NFT marketplace OpenSea addressed its policy regarding the sale of stolen items on its platform.

What Happened: In a series of tweets on Thursday, OpenSea said it plans to incorporate user input in preventing the sale of stolen NFT.

“So why do we have this policy? It is against US law to knowingly allow the sale and transfer of stolen items. We do not want to incentivize theft by allowing our platform to be used to help sell stolen items,” stated OpenSea.

“In some cases, the purchaser who unknowingly bought a stolen item (at no fault of their own) was inadvertently penalized. This is one of the most difficult issues we face. Please believe we take it seriously & we’ve been actively listening to your feedback on how to tackle it.”

Going forward, the platform plans to adjust how it implements this policy. Police reports would be used to confirm all theft reports, said OpenSea, noting that these reports have to be sent within a seven-day period after which buying and selling of the reported item will recommence.

The platform also said it will be making it easier for users who reported a stolen item to re-enable selling when theay recover the item with a simplified process.

“We care DEEPLY about enabling users to operate safely on our platform. Allowing the sale of stolen items and operating with stolen goods is no sign of a healthy ecosystem...but neither is a lack of trust from those of you who got us here,” said the platform.

OpenSea’s statements were met with some degree of scepticism from market participants. Some users reported that they had contacted OpenSea staff about the course of action for returning a stolen NFT that was unknowingly purchased, but support staff directed him to sell it on another platform.

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