What's up with @bitcoin?
By Jemima Kelly, The Financial Times
The suspension highlights the latest battle in a civil war between those who support “Bitcoin Core” - which most people just call bitcoin - and those who are pushing for “Bitcoin Cash”, a clone of the original that supporters say functions better as a currency as it can support higher transaction volumes.
Like all good religions, the crypto-currency had experienced a schism. Traditionalists then poured scorn on the @Bitcoin Twitter account for posting pro Bitcoin Cash tweets.
The handle is now in use by someone calling themselves “K”, who seems to want to make friends, if the profile and cover pictures are anything to go by:
Not everyone is feeling the love.
Here's Roger Ver, a man once known as “Bitcoin Jesus” and now a vocal advocate of Bitcoin Cash, who some Reddit users suspect had been behind the @Bitcoin handle.
Bitcoin developer David Shares was equally unimpressed:
The @Bitcoin account has been suspended (again) by @TwitterSupport only because Core trolls constantly submit fake reports about it. @Jack why do you guys keep letting this happen? Instead of suspending all the fake scammer accounts you suspend the real ones. WTF.
We asked Twitter to explain why they'd suspended the account, and they said they “don't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons”.
We've also asked the @Bitcoin handle for comment, and will update the story if and when we get it.