Business 10 April 2018

Erik Gibbs

‘I’m back, Jack’: @Bitcoin returns after Twitter ban

There’s a war going on. This one doesn’t use conventional weapons of warfare, however, but does use a weapon that has proved to be immensely more powerful—Twitter. For the second time this year, Twitter has suspended the @Bitcoin account for “violating Twitter rules.”

Cryptocurrency enthusiast and Bitcoin Cash supporter Roger Ver was one of the first to bring the latest suspension to the front lines, calling it the death of free speech in a Twitter post. There now have been numerous threads on Twitter, Reddit and other social media sites discussing who did what and why. The debate over free speech, unfortunately, doesn’t carry much weight with a private company such as Twitter.

There was no indication on what rules were actually violated, but there have been plenty of suppositions floating around. Some claim that the account had previously been “hijacked” to promote Bitcoin Cash (BCH). This was due to the repeated tweets extolling the virtues of the popular cryptocurrency. Others have argued that the account was rented out to a BCH user, which is in violation of Twitter’s Terms and Conditions.

The fight involves BCH and SegWit-Coin BTC (otherwise known as Bitcoin Legacy or Core), and the struggle over which most closely resembles what Satoshi Nakamoto had in mind when he brought cryptocurrency to life with his 2009 white paper. It’s a highly polarizing subject with two clear camps, one supporting SegWit-Coin BTC and the other supporting BCH. Proponents of the SegWit-Coin BTC changed the technology, making it no longer Bitcoin as intended by the Satoshi white paper—and yet insisted on keeping the name while also censoring others who want to keep Bitcoin  in its true form alive.

The @Bitcoin account was suspended in January of this year for a few days. After that suspension, just like with the current one, BTC supporters and their paid troll army have been going to extreme measures to push their agenda. BCH proponents argue that the zealots have created an army of bots that worked in tandem to report the Twitter account to have it banned. It has previously accused Twitter of automatically suspending accounts without any human interaction to verify the complaints.

After 36 hours, it appears that the @Bitcoin account has been returned to its original owner and Twitter has been “slowly reinstating” some of the account’s followers.

One thing is certain in this war,  and that is the one true Bitcoin—Bitcoin Cash—will prevail even amid the acts of fraud committed on the world by Blockstream and Core dev teams. BCH is the superior technology and the only one that offers massive on-chain scaling as well as the safe, immediate and low cost transactions that come with this. Only Bitcoin in its true form can create the economic freedom that allows the unbanked of the world to improve their lives and facilities the Internet of Things (machine to machine bComm). Attempts to interfere with this is not only unethical,  and shows the moral position of Blockstream and its cronies.

Note: Tokens on the Bitcoin Core (segwit) Chain are Referred to as BTC coins. Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) is today the only Bitcoin implementation that follows Satoshi Nakamoto’s original whitepaper for Peer to Peer Electronic Cash. Bitcoin BSV is the only major public blockchain that maintains the original vision for Bitcoin as fast, frictionless, electronic cash.

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