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Worldcoin Extends WLD Reservation Access to Unverified Users

Jai Pratap
Last updated: | 2 min read
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The controversial iris-scanning crypto project Worldcoin is now allowing unverified users to reserve their Worldcoin (WLD) tokens.

The project, launched on July 24 following three years of development, aims to establish a comprehensive global database for human identification, setting itself apart from automated bots that may populate the digital landscape in the future.

On August 11, the Worldcoin team revealed that their World App now offers a reservations feature, allowing individuals to secure their WLD tokens without the necessity of verifying their World ID immediately. 

This advancement is aimed at simplifying the token reservation process for a wider user base. 

Reservations are set to remain valid for a 12-month duration, during which users can redeem their reserved tokens through the utilization of the iris-scanning device referred to as the Orb.

Comprising three fundamental components—the Worldcoin ID, the Worldcoin App, and the Worldcoin token (WLD)—the Worldcoin project incentivizes users to generate a biometrically-based ID system by rewarding them with native WLD tokens in return.

Worldcoin Offers Global Digital ID

The project’s underlying premise centers on addressing a futuristic concern: the potential difficulty in distinguishing real humans from AI-powered bots in an increasingly AI-dominated online landscape. 

To tackle this challenge, the Worldcoin ID system is being positioned as a potential default identification mechanism, granting humans access to diverse services and opportunities. 

The Worldcoin initiative has encountered regulatory obstacles and investigations that have cast a shadow over its aspirations.

Worldcoin Faces Regulatory Pushback

The project faced suspension in Kenya due to concerns regarding its data collection methods. 

The government of Kenya raised particular alarm over the collection of sensitive identification data, including iris scans, in exchange for a digital ID. 

Furthermore, regulatory actions have been initiated against Worldcoin in other countries as well, including Argentina and the United Kingdom.

Despite garnering over 2 million customers prior to its public launch, the post-launch response from users has been subdued. 

While specific figures on the number of users claiming their WLD tokens have not been disclosed by the creators, the project’s leaders maintain that the response has been positive, citing encouraging queues.

This recent extension of the Worldcoin token reservation system to unverified users underscores the project’s ongoing efforts to broaden its user base and provide more individuals with access to its offerings.

By offering an extended reservation period, Worldcoin aims to accommodate those who may not be prepared to undergo the World ID verification process immediately, while still facilitating their potential participation in the project.

The project has garnered a large number of users despite all the regulatory and operational challenges. Earlier, Vitalik Buterin also rasied concerns about the feasibility of the project.