Twitter Inc.: In what seems like a Twitter battle against the Bitcoin Cash community, the twitter account for promoting Bitcoin Cash (BCH), with the handle @Bitcoin, has been suspended by Twitter Inc. The action, which is more or less a continuation of the debate between BCH and BTC, sees the Twitter account for promoting BCH suspended yesterday 8th April by the social media, probably as a result of increasing numbers of complaints emanating from BTC supporters on Twitter.
BCH ad BTC began their rivalry right from August 2017 when BCH was created as a result of a hard fork of the BTC Blockchain that took place in August 2017, with claims that it holds better features than BTC.
A major supporter of BCH and longtime cryptocurrency entrepreneur, Roger Ver, posted a tweet today stating that the suspension of the @Bitcoin handle is an attack against free speech:
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) April 8, 2018
Jameson Lopp, a self-confessed cypher punk, posted a comment on Roger’s tweet:
Freedom of speech means that the government won't throw you in a cage for saying something it doesn't condone. Freedom of speech doesn't mean that you can do whatever you want on someone else's property.— Jameson Lopp (@lopp) April 8, 2018
A user with handle @criptomaniaweb responded to Jameson’s post that:
Do you understand that @bitcoin account suspended has nothing to do with twitter policies but with an army of people commanded by /r/bitcoin reporting the account non stop?— Cryptomania (@meridiocrypto) April 8, 2018
Earlier yesterday, a post was found on /r/Bitcoin sub-Reddit reading:
“Twitter has finally suspended the compromised ‘@Bitcoin’ account.”
The post had lots of commentators who are very pleased with the suspension of the Bitcoin Cash supporting Twitter account. Some Reddit users assumed that Roger could possibly be the owner of the @Bitcoin account as they noticed that the tweets that both @Bitcoin and @rojerkver liked allegedly coincided. Other Reddit users said that if Roger had obtained the @Bitcoin handle by buying it, then the @Bitcoin account had contradicted Twitter’s rules:
“Buying/selling Twitter handles is supposedly against Twitter’s ToS. The @Bitcoin account has leased OAuth2 access to another publisher in the past, this access was abruptly terminated at the start of 2018 and started promoting Bitcoin(dot)com propaganda exclusively, as well as a wide range of deceptive (fraudulent) altcoin propaganda echoing Roger Ver. The account operator and Roger Ver both claim that the account was not sold but given the abrupt shift and Roger Ver’s proclivity to throw his money around to get what he wants, I think it’s likely the account changed hands.”
David Shares, a Bitcoin developer and researcher, tweeted his opinion about the suspension:
The @Bitcoin account has been suspended (again) by @TwitterSupport only because Core trolls constantly submit fake reports about it. @Jack why do you guys keep letting this happen? Instead of suspending all the fake scammer accounts you suspend the real ones. WTF. pic.twitter.com/Z6yWR0y81N— David Shares (@DavidShares) April 8, 2018
Charlie Lee took the matter with levity, posting a screenshot of the suspended account with a crying laughter emoji:
Prior to its suspension, there were indications that @Bitcoin account has gotten a new owner. The profile display picture was a Jaguar, and the third tweet before it was suspended hints that the new user might be a Turkish, it read “Turkey is so cool” featuring the Turkish flag.
This random that took over the @bitcoin account must think twitter is the coolest thing ever. He logs on and within an hour has 2500 followers, says hello and gets 1000 likes... pic.twitter.com/Zfjllxc1WU— Ran NeuNer (@cryptomanran) April 8, 2018
Does @TwitterSupport have a rogue employee abusing Twitter profiles internally? If an account is suspended you cannot re-register it. Clearly in this case Twitter shut down and then *deleted* the @Bitcoin account allowing it to be re-registered. WTF is going on @Jack? https://t.co/RHAe4FooK9— David Shares (@DavidShares) April 8, 2018