The @Bitcoin Twitter account, which has recently generated debate in the cryptoverse for pro-Bitcoin Cash (BCH) tweets, was apparently suspended in the morning hours of April 8th. The move caused cheers among bitcoin maximalists, and outrage among bitcoin cash supporters. Stranger yet, it seems as if the account has now been taken over by a Turkish person not affiliated with the crypto space.
‘Violate the Twitter Rules’
After the @Bitcoin account was suspended, word spread quickly. Unsurpsingly, Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook all blew up with commentary on the move.
— Charlie Lee (@SatoshiLite) April 8, 2018
The account page listed the boilerplate explanation that “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.” As such, many in the BTC community argued the suspension highlighted that the recently pro-BCH @Bitcoin account was in violation of Twitter’s “Impersonation” clause, which states:
“You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others.”
Conversely, the BCH community vehemently disagreed, with general outrage accruing over the development. A political and technical rallying cry for BCH supporters, of course, is that “bitcoin cash is the real bitcoin.”
Account Comes Back, But Apparently With New Owner
Stranger yet is what happened next. Several hours after the @Bitcoin account was first suspended, it was brought back online, but seemingly as an entirely new, and thus entirely scraped, account.
As you can see, there’s no longer any cryptocurrency-related information on the account, much less Bitcoin-related information. And instead of saying the user joined back in 2013, as the previous @Bitcoin account did, the page now says the user joined in April 2018.
Whoever is in control of the account now seems to be of Turkish origins. “Merhaba” means “Hello” in Turkish:
So, the account appears to be misleading again, but this time in an entirely new way. Bitsonline will keep you posted on the situation as it continues to develop.
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