Twitter Suspends Misleading @Bitcoin Account
The mud has been slinging between the Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (Bcash)(BCH) communities since last year's hard-fork, which split the Bitcoin blockchain and created BCH, the bastard lovechild of Bitcoin and a dissenting community. Rodger Ver, influential cryptocurrency figure and one-time proponent of Bitcoin, heads the pro-Bcash agenda. Ver is the CEO of bitcoin.com and allegedly owns the Twitter handle, @Bitcoin. The issue many take with Ver and his outlets is that they are obfuscating the difference between the actual Bitcoin, represented by BTC, and the Bitcoin Cash (whose name is misleading enough), represented as BCH. Sites like bitcoin.com, the sub-Reddit /r/btc and the @Bitcoin Twitter handle are deceptive in that they push the initiative that BTC is NOT the real Bitcoin, and Bcash (BCH) is. This misleads many new to the community, and it is of my personal opinion, that first-time investors to the cryptocurrency space are confused by this, potentially mislead in to purchasing the wrong coin, and even scared off by the volatile nature of the warring factions. While the BCH community has been getting it's due lately, recently being dropped by the 3rd-largest cryptocurrency exchange, this comes as another blow to their dwindling community.
While Twitter works to vet account before giving them the "verified" title, it is of the belief that the once nearly inactive handle was obtained by Ver or at least pro-Bcash (BCH) team. Likely due to complaints filed to Twitter against the account's misleading introduction, the account was suspended on Sunday, leaving only this message: "this account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.” When tweets started popping up regarding this, it appears that many in the Bitcoin (BTC) community were elated with the news, as LiteCoin founder, Charlie Lee tweeted:
Others posted calling out Roger Ver, who as omnipresent as ever, was there to respond:
Despite Ver's claims that he is NOT the owner of the handle, he himself was quick to cry that this was an infringement of free speech (keep in mind that Ver renounced his U.S. citizenship, and the rights that come with that citizenship, in 2014), in this sanctimonious tweet: