@Bitcoin’s Twitter handle is a mystery going off and on

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash’s most fervent supporters were at it again with Twitter turning into a bitter battlefield. @Bitcoin’s Twitter account was suspended on Sunday, April 8th as a result of the never-ending arguments between BTC and BCH. This is said to be attributed to the suspension, mostly because of a large number of user complaints but the reason was not clearly stated till now.

Jeff Garzik, CEO of a Blockchain start-up says:

Jeff Garzik's tweet

Jeff Garzik’s tweet

A spokesman at blockchain research advocacy Coin Center, Neeraj Agarwal stated:

“The cryptocurrency development is open source, which means disagreements get aired publicly with the additional angle of the forking of a blockchain, where you have to take the entire network with you, and that creates much more tension and this will not change anytime soon.”

Bitcoin [BTC] carries the weight of being the largest cryptocurrency in the world but by frequently expressing support to BCH which split from BTC earlier in 2017, disagreements about technology started scaling.

The tweets and messages have made way for some allegations from other high-profile Bitcoiners that the Bitcoin domain is now being controlled by Bitcoin.com’s, Roger Ver.

Charlie Lee was among the first people to spot this and he tweeted regarding the same immediately:

“Oh Snap!”

Charlie Lee's tweet

Charlie Lee’s tweet 

This suspension has been called off and signs have emerged that the account is re-activated and has been returned to its original owner. The Bitcoin twitter account is a prime piece of a crypto real estate with more than 70k followers. making it the most popular out of all the digital currencies.

Why was the account Suspended? Some perceptions:

According to Twitter’s rules, offensive behaviour of various kinds including “targeted harassment of someone or [inciting] other people to do so” is forbidden and additionally, “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

But, nothing in the rule book states that speaking ill of particular brands of Bitcoin, however, or promoting one flavor of cryptocurrency over another is not acceptable. However, they do state that “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others,” but it would be a stretch to suggest that promoting Bitcoin Cash is an attempt to confuse and deceive.

Members of r/bitcoin had repeatedly filed tickets pleading with Twitter to ban the account, but their actions ought to have had no effect.

@Bitcoin's tweet

@Bitcoin’s tweet

An alternative theory for what could have caused @Bitcoin’s permaban is that Twitter rules state that “You may not buy or sell Twitter usernames”.

It was speculated that this may have happened after @Bitcoin showed its allegiance to BCH, but there was no evidence to support this.

There is another theory going around, and it’s a conspiracy that Twitter’s Jack Dorsey is known to have invested in Lightning Network, a Bitcoin core scaling solution which is seen as a competitor of Bitcoin Cash for low-cost transactions. They say this could have influenced Twitter’s decision to silence Bitcoin.

What after Suspension?

One of the strangest things about the suspension of @Bitcoin is what happened to the account in the hours afterward. Normally, the account owner is given the chance to appeal the suspension, during which time the username is retained. Instead, the username was immediately returned to the open market. Thereafter it appears to have changed hands twice, first popping up as a Turkish account and then as a Russian one, whose owner joined Twitter in 2013, and had the fortune of switching to the Bitcoin name when it became available.

For around 24 hours, “Andrei from Moscow Russia” had been serendipitously sitting on Twitter’s most desirable Bitcoin handle. But now, it looks like the Bitcoin account has now been returned to its original owner and is in the process of being fully reactivated.

Bitcoin’s [BTC]‘s 700,000 followers have been reduced to just a few thousand, though usually these are fully restored within hours of a reactivation.

@Bitcoin's recent tweet

@Bitcoin’s recent tweet

Andrea Jackson, a Twitterati says:

“Why have you not also posted the blacklist that this supposedly restored account tweeted right after the last one you showed? This seems a bit anti-bitcoin and I’m not convinced the account has been restored to the same user that originally owned it.”

May Jason, another Twitter user says:

“Well we all know that the Original owner has not been running the @Bitcoin handle for a while now… so this article is a rather pathetic piece of dis-info. You guys are better than this. At least I want to believe you are.”

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