Elon Musk’s Twitter account locked after cryptocurrency Tweet

Elon Musk finds himself blocked from Twitter over a misunderstanding to do with cryptocurrency…

by Manoj Sharma for CNR

Earlier this week, the billionaire founder of Space X and Tesla, Elon Musk, Tweeted “wanna buy some Bitcoin?” to his 23 million Twitter followers, along with an illustration of an anime character in a Bitcoin-branded dress. It was was  Tweet that, it would turn out, would cause a few problems.

This is the Tweet concerned…

The Tweet was part of a thread from Musk declaring his love for anime. It garnered over 8,000 re-tweets and 21,000 likes, including engagement from some of the big names in the cryptocurrency community.

Binance CEO, Zhao Changpeng, for one, commented in a retweet that “I will buy a Tesla if you accept crypto”.

Here’s that reply…

Elon later claimed that Twitter then locked him out his account temporarily, fearing it was hacked. It happened amid Twitter’s recent crackdown on the scam accounts impersonating multiple celebrities, that were claiming to be giving away cryptocurrencies.

Musk is no stranger to Twitter controversy and accusation of scams, as he tweeted in July, “I want to know who is running the Ethereum spam bots! Mad Skillz.”

Even cryptocurrency bigwigs like Vitalik Buterin recently made changes in their Twitter account to combat the fraudsters.  However, this time, it turns out that the Tweet promoting Bitcoin came from the real Elon Musk.

So, who is the anime character Musk is talking about? Well, she was created by a Japanese firm, CryptoCurrencyGirls, which focuses on turning popular anime characters into virtual currencies while educating the general public about investing in this space. For example, a Karaoke-living pop icon is personified as Bitcoin, while a chairwoman wearing spectacle and a dressing gown is personified as Ethereum.

Musk, at the time of writing, was back on Twitter.

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