Controversial Twitter Account @Bitcoin Suspended, Seemingly Taken Over

  • Controversial pro-BCH Twitter account @bitcoin has been suspended, and seemingly taken over by a new owner
  • The account's original owner may not be aware of what happened yet.

A controversial Twitter account using the handle @bitcoin has recently been suspended by Twitter, and subsequently seemingly deleted, as it is apparently under a new owner’s control. The Twitter handle was recently embroiled in controversy because of bitcoin’s scaling debate.

Over the past few months, the Twitter account promoted Bitcoin Cash (BCH) as the real Bitcoin (BTC) while engaging in the scaling debate, heavily promoting pro-BCH content. This likely saw the account get heavily reported, which likely resulted in its suspension.

Twitter users can report accounts for various reasons. Two levied against @bitcoin were tweeting spam and pretending to be someone else.

 

While some believe the account had been hijacked or bought because of the different type of content it was pushing out, who really owned the account wasn’t clear. This was, however, not the first time the account was punished on Twitter, as it had been restricted before.

This time, the social media website seemingly decided to go one step further and deleted the account, as at press time the account has roughly 3,400 followers and only three tweets. So far, two of the tweets reveal this are the account’s first tweets, and wish whoever follows it a good afternoon.

The third one shows the new account’s owner might be Turkish as the tweet stated "Turkey is so cool"

Most users believe that the person who got the account as merely lucky enough to register it right after Twitter deleted it. Prominent Bitcoin Cash supporter and Bitcoin.com CEO Roger Ver, who claims to know the person who was behind the controversial seemingly taken over account, commented the situation.

Via a tweet, Ver claimed this is “how free speech dies.” On Reddit, he revealed the person in charge of the account is a bitcoiner since 2009, and might’ve not seen what happened just yet. Ver said:

“He is a Bitcoiner since 2009. I sent him a message, but he is on the other side of the earth, so I likely won't hear back until the morning my time.”

Roger Ver

Israel Bitcoin Association Petitions Banks to Reveal Crypto Policy

Neil Dennis

A number of Israel's bitcoin traders have already filed lawsuits against the country's banks and on Monday traders lodged a formal petition demanding that the financial industry explains its cryptoasset policy.

Israel's banks have barred the country's crypto investors from depositing the returns on their bitcoin and other digital currency investments due to the nation's strict laws on money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

In recent months banks have even blocked investors who are known to trade cryptoassets from opening accounts, according to a report by Israeli business journal Globes.

Central Bank Warning

Israel has seen strong growth in digital currency investment in recent years and in 2014 the Bank of Israel, the nation's central bank, issued a warning - in co-operation with the Tax Authority and several regulatory agencies - about the dangers associated with the use of virtual currency, including fraud and money laundering.

Taking aim directly at financial services providers, the statement said:

As the use of virtual currencies enables their anonymous transfer, in many cases evading the need to use financial institutions that are subject  to an anti-money laundering and terror financing prohibition regime, this is an activity with a high risk co-efficient in terms of money laundering and terror financing. Therefore, financial institutions must take this into account within the framework of their risk management policy.

Injunction

Israel's top legal authority is well aware a problem exists. In February 2018, the Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting a bank from blocking activities in an account held by a company that engaged in bitcoin trading.

The bank, however, countered the Supreme Court's injunction, citing the 2014 Bank of Israel warning regarding the risks of bitcoin trade. The bank alleged that activities exposing the bank to such unlawful acts might "harm its reputation and public trust in the bank".

While the injunction stood, it did not affect the bank's right to examine individual activities in the account, nor did it affect the bank's ability to take steps to minimize risks associated with the business activities of the company.

Freedom of Information

The freedom of information petition filed in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday by the Israel Bitcoin Association demands that commercial banks make public their policies on cryptoassets.

Jonathan Klinger, legal adviser to the Bitcoin Association, told Globes:

Under the Banking (Licensing) Law, it is the duty of a bank to state to the Bank of Israel the policy under which it refuses to conduct transactions. We therefore contacted the Bank of Israel and asked for this information, but the Bank of Israel did not agree to disclose this policy to us. We therefore decided to petition the court to force the Bank of Israel to provide us with a copy of the policy submitted to it by the banks.

Lawsuits

Last week the Tel Aviv District Court received a petition for approval of a 75 million shekel ($21.3 million) class action suit against Bank Hapoalim that alleges the bank refused a customer seeking to deposit money from the sale of digital currencies.