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The growing acceptance of cryptocurrency all over the world has created some big headlines for Bitcoin news as some of the world’s largest markets continue to embrace the currency revolution. However, the revolution has led to criticism in some quarters with Warren Buffet famously comparing it to rat poison and many others in the elite class refusing to understand the excitement that Bitcoin has triggered in certain quarters.
That explains why a strange, unexpected tweet from billionaire magnate Elon Musk has gone viral on the internet sparking reactions from some of the biggest players in the cryptocurrency sector and other people who are unsure what to make of the message from the entrepreneur who said he owns almost no cryptocurrency earlier this year.
Musk’s message to his twenty-three million twitter followers on Monday night was initially about his love of anime but less than an hour later, he posted a comment under the same thread asking if anyone wants to buy some Bitcoin with an anime image bearing the Bitcoin logo alongside the message.
As expected, the tweet gained massive engagement on the social media platform garnering more than eight thousand likes and three thousand retweets within a few hours. The reactions that trailed the unexpected words from the Tesla founder led to speculation that his twitter account could have been hacked; a trend that has become common in recent months with many celebrities among falling victims to hackers who create fake accounts to get people involved in non-existent giveaways that have often been linked to sponsored content on twitter.
While the speculation about the motives of the tweet continued, influential members of the cryptocurrency community have been reacting to perhaps the biggest headline in Bitcoin news in the last few weeks. One of those is Binance founder Zhao Chanpeng who owns the largest trading arena in the crypto world jokingly responding in a retweet that he would consider purchasing a Tesla car if Musk jumps on the crypto bandwagon.
However, it is still unclear what Elon Musk actually meant by the message with the CEO revealing that twitter locked his account over fears that he had been hacked due to the uncharacteristic nature of the Bitcoin-related tweet. The move goes to show the level of surprise that greeted the message from a man who has previously featured in Bitcoin news for completely different reasons.
For some others, however, the Space X founder’s tweet has endeared him to some cryptocurrency fans who previously listed him among their adversaries on twitter for his views on Bitcoin. Dovey Wan a former director at Danhua Capital, a fund that invests in disruptive technologies revealing her apparent shock at Musk’s tweet before saying she was taking him off her list of bannable accounts.
There is no doubt that Elon Musk has generated considerable controversy with his cryptic tweet and active players within the cryptocurrency community have certainly taken notice. It could mean that billionaire is now a fan of Bitcoin which would have a ripple effect in the business world in general as his views are always closely monitored by investors. However, he could also be aiming a dig at the fraudsters who have peddled such giveaways in the past. For now, crypto lovers can only watch and wait to see the man behind the tweet will do in the nearest future.
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