Members of the cryptocurrency community are exerting pressure on Elon Musk, the owner of the social media platform X, to take action against an account impersonating the Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. The community argues that these profiles violate X’s terms of service, specifically its policies on misleading and deceptive identities.
Community Demands Removal From Elon Musk X Platform
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts are demanding the removal of an account impersonating Satoshi Nakamoto on Elon Musk’s social media platform, X. In addition to the ‘Nakamoto’ profile, another account using the handle “Bitcoin” has also raised concerns.
According to a user known as Pledditor, these profiles are in clear violation of X’s terms of service, which explicitly prohibit misleading and deceptive identities, except for parody accounts.
Platform’s Policy on Identity Misappropriation
X’s policy emphasizes that users are not allowed to misappropriate identities, with the exception of parody accounts. It also warns against the creation of fake profiles for well-known individuals or organizations. Pledditor made a compelling argument, likening these deceptive profiles to creating counterfeit accounts for entities like ‘Tesla’ or ‘Elon Musk.’
The ‘Nakamoto’ profile has reportedly been managed by an individual named Andy Rowe since 2018. Despite its silence since October 2018, the account resurfaced with a post on October 2, 2023, in which it expressed its intention to explore various facets of the Bitcoin white paper.
Community Support for Action
The cryptocurrency community has rallied behind Pledditor’s stance, with many labeling the fake ‘Nakamoto’ account as embarrassing and demanding swift action. Some community members shared instances where they had previously reported misleading profiles but received no response from X’s administrators.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s True Identity
While the community pushes for the removal of the impersonating account, the true identity of the Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, remains shrouded in mystery.
Over the years, various individuals have claimed to be Satoshi Nakamoto, with Craig Wright recently winning an appeal in the UK, where he asserted copyright over the Bitcoin white paper.
Elon Musk Critique of Mainstream Media
This incident comes in the wake of Elon Musk’s recent criticisms of mainstream media, particularly his grievances about the CBS News program, “60 Minutes.” Musk expressed dissatisfaction with what he perceived as sensationalistic and biased reporting, particularly in the coverage of Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX Exchange.