In a shocking move, the controversial cryptocurrency profile Craig Wright has inexplicably disappeared from Twitter. As such, Wright has lost his Twitter following of over 60,000 followers and over 10,000 of published tweets.
Wright has infamously claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto
Those keeping tabs on the cryptocurrency community will likely be familiar with Australian computer scientist Craig S. Wright. Wright has been at the center of several separate controversies.
To name a few, he has lambasted Andreas Antonopoulos for being a ”shitcoin expert”, he has fallen out with his former partner Roger Ver over the direction of the Bitcoin Cash movement, and he has – perhaps most notably – claimed to be the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
However, Wright has failed to supply any credible evidence that he could, in fact, be Satoshi Nakamoto. As such, Wright has earned the ridicule and criticism of large parts of the cryptocurrencies – most notably from Bitcoin supporters.
This criticism led Wright to begin blocking Twitter users who publicly questioned or disagreed with him. Consequently, spoof accounts such as ”Fake-toshi Bot” sprung up, which copied Wright’s tweets and published them so that those blocked by Wright could take part in his public statements.
Nevertheless, Wright recently began to threaten legal action against some of these bots. He claimed that those copying his tweets were in breach of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) and that he would, from that point, only be tweeting on a ”DrCSWright” Twitter account.
As it turned out, this new Twitter account was then promptly suspended. However, even more notably, Wright’s original account – which had over 60,000 followers – was also either deleted or suspended in conjunction with this.
Did Wright simply rage quit Twitter?
Although it is currently unclear exactly what happened, the Fake-toshi Bot proclaimed a victory of sorts over Wright, issuing a ”Faketoshi Bot Editor’s Note” to followers:
”That’s all from me, at least for a while. I didn’t expect him to nuke his 60k followers all because of a little bot […] If you think I did the world a service by decreasing Faketoshi’s following, please consider buying me a beer.”
It should be noted that it is indeed possible that Wright deleted his account out of sheer frustration. Nonetheless, some have also suggested that Wright may have reached out to threaten Twitter since they were not acting on Wright’s complaints.
If this is the case, it is possible that Wright argued that Twitter was mishandling the case and not following the DMCA. It is subsequently also possible that Twitter simply decided to suspend Wright’s account.
Rasmus Pihl is a writer for Toshi Times by day and an avid follower of the blockchain industry by night. Rasmus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the Gothenburg School of Business, Economics, and Law and runs a Swedish marketing consulting firm. Moreover, when he isn’t writing for Toshi Times, traveling, working or changing the world in some other capacity, Rasmus is more than likely caught up in postgraduate studies.