After its suspension sparked debates on the freedom of speech, identity theft and whether is the real , the @Bitcoin Twitter handle has been restored amid controversy and allegations surrounding abuse of power.
Earlier, when the account was suspended, it was believed to be because of complaints from Bitcoin supporters, unhappy with the account’s advocacy of Bitcoin Cash.
While some in the community, including creator Charlie Lee and Bitcoin evangelist Andreas M. Antonopoulos supported the suspension, the controversial Bitcoin Jesus, Roger Ver, termed it an attack on freedom of speech.
— Roger Ver (@rogerkver) April 8, 2018
What followed, however, was unusual, as the @Bitcoin handle was not only suspended, but was also apparently put up for grabs, and exchanged hands, moving to someone from Turkey to someone in Russia, before it was returned to the original owner a couple of hours ago.
Now, back in control of the account, albeit having lost over 700,000 of the original followers, the owner has alleged that Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, suspended the @Bitcoin handle because of his investment in the Lightning Network which supports ‘Bitcoin Core’ (as Bitcoin Cash proponents like to call it).
This is a huge allegation, to say the least, and received mixed reactions from the community as expected. It is unlikely, however, that Twitter will respond to the allegations officially.
In any case, I’d love to hear a public explanation from @twittersupport about why #bitcoin competitor #LightningNetwork investor @jack disabled this account, gave it to someone else, only to return it in the face of public backlash with 750,000 fewer followers. #censorship
— Bitcoin (@Bitcoin) April 9, 2018
Twitter accounts can be suspended for various reasons, ranging from inappropriate content to impersonation and the buying and selling of Twitter handles. It is not clear why the @Bitcoin handle was suspended in the first place, but many suspect that the account was bought by Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver, in order to push his agenda to pump the Bitcoin fork.
Roger Ver, however, has repeatedly denied these claims, and Tweeted about it earlier today as well, stating that the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, is an active Bitcoin community member and a supporter of Bitcoin Cash.
At the time of writing, the @Bitcoin handle has begun recovering its followers, and it appears that the account is being restored by Twitter. We will update our readers as the story developers further.
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