A month after the merger, MEV-Boost Relays expanded its market share as a block builder, data shows.

A month after the merger, 51% of Ethereum blocks were compliant with OFAC standards, according to data from blockchain development Labrys, as MEV-Boost relays take market share.

On Twitter, users highlighted how the numbers represent a milestone in the direction of censorship as more blocks are under surveillance:

We have reached another sad milestone in censorship: 51%
This means that if censorship validators stopped validating uncensored blocks now, they would eventually form the 100% censorship canonical chain. pic.twitter.com/JrYUjowLpt

— Martin Köppelmann (@koeppelmann) October 14, 2022
OFAC stands for Office of Foreign Assets Control, the entity in charge of enforcing US economic sanctions, while MEV-Boost relays are centralized entities that act as trusted intermediaries between block producers and block builders. blocks. In this way, all Ethereum proof-of-stake (PoS) validators can outsource their block production to other builders.

This metric tracks how many OFAC compliant MEV booster relay blocks have been built since the merger. Due to Ethereum’s upgrade to a PoS consensus, MEV-Boost has been enabled for a more representative distribution of block proponents, rather than a small group of Proof-of-Work (PoW) miners.

Ethereum blocks went from 9% OFAC compliant to 51% OFAC compliant in the past month as mev boost (block outsourcing) takes market share. https://t.co/SYiVHPlTf4

— Lyn Alden (@LynAldenContact) October 14, 2022
Speaking to Cointelegraph in September, Lachan Feeney, the CEO of Labrys, noted that in the event of a harsh censorship, this means that “no matter how long you’ve waited, no matter how much you’ve paid, you’ll never get to a point where transactions sanctioned would be included in the blockchain.

Under a hard censorship scenario, “value nodes will be forced by regulation to remove any block with one of these transactions on them.”

He also noted that even with light censorship, when sanctioned transactions are eventually validated, they are likely to result in long waits and high-priority fees, making for a poor user experience.

According to the Labrys page, there are currently seven major MEV-east relays, including Flashbots, BloXroute Max Profit, BloXroute Ethical, BloXroute Regulated, BlockNative, Manifold, and Eden. “Of the 7 major relays available, only 3 are uncensored in accordance with OFAC compliance requirements. OFAC compliant relays will not contain transactions that interact with the Tornado Cash smart contract or other sanctioned wallet addresses as designated by OFAC,” the company said.

Source: CoinTelegraph