Members of the Bitcoin community ‘Pledditor’ are calling for Elon Musk to remove a profile claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto and another handle named ‘Bitcoin’ from X (formerly Twitter).
In an X post made on October 3, Pledittor said that both accounts, one posing as the founder of the original cryptocurrency and another with the profile ‘Bitcoin’, should be removed from the social media platform for breaching its terms of service, which doesn’t allow “misleading and deceptive” identities. They also asked Musk to remove the blue checkmarks on both profiles, an indicator of a verified and authentic profile.
Crypto Community Says ‘Satoshi’ And ‘Bitcoin’ Profiles On X Are Fake And Wants Them To Be Disabled
The group highlighted the areas of X’s terms and conditions that they believed were being violated by the accounts. Pledittor said it was not possible to misappropriate someone else’s identity on the platform without disclosing that the person doing it was a parody account.
“It’s no different than making a fake ‘Tesla’ or ‘Elon Musk’ account”, they noted.
X’s terms of service read that users “may not” misappropriate the identity of individuals, groups, or organizations, or in any case, use a fake identity to deceive others. The company views this as an action to impersonate an existing person, and a deceptive identity is defined by X as misleading the public using an identity that is not real.
The real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto is still clouded in a mystery, with the Bitcoin and crypto communities debating on who it could be for years. But the verified Satoshi account on X is run by a user called Andy Rowe, who in 2018 revealed that he was the one curating quotes for the profile.
The account which had been quiet since October 2018 sent out a post on Monday calling Bitcoin a “predicate machine”. It then went on to say Bitcoin users would “explore different aspects” of the cryptocurrency that were not contained in the original white paper. He added that they are all important aspects of Bitcoin and some of the ideas “were touched upon in the early years” of development.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s X Account Embarrass the Bitcoin And Crypto Community
Other crypto X users also rallied behind Pledittor’s post, calling for the change to happen right away and stating Satoshi’s account was “embarrassing” to the Bitcoin and crypto community. One user said they had previously reached out to X administrators regarding both accounts, only for their plea to be ignored.
Another pointed out that the accounts need to be disabled like how X responded to the profile with the handle “Internet”.
There are many speculations about Bitcoin’s founder, with some saying ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ is a pseudonym for an individual, while others believe that it could be a group of developers that came together to create BTC and the Bitcoin network.
Over the years, several people have also come out claiming to be Satoshi, like computer scientist and cryptographer Nick Szabo, who is known for his research on digital contracts and digital currency; Hal Finney, one of the first people to run the Bitcoin software and an active member of the community; retired Japanese-American engineer and physicist Dorian Nakamoto, whose name was mistakenly put forward as the father of Bitcoin by Newsweek in a 2014 article; and Craig Wright, the controversial computer scientist and blockchain developer who has been publicly claiming to be Satoshi since 2016.
In July, a British court granted Wright a right to appeal his Bitcoin rights lawsuit, where he claimed copyright to the Bitcoin’s original white paper and database. He believes that Bitcoin’s blueprint document was corrupted by those who took over the blockchain network after Satoshi Nakamoto left in 2010.
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