Crypto community tells Elon Musk to dump Satoshi ‘X’ account

Members of the crypto community have rallied behind a post on X calling for Elon Musk to remove the profile on the platform that has been claiming to be the fabled creator of Bitcoin (BTC) Satoshi Nakamoto. 

On Oct. 3 the X profile Pledditor posted saying both the account claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto and the account with the handle “Bitcoin” should be removed as they are breaching the platform’s terms of service for using “misleading and deceptive” identities.

Pledditor continued to highlight the areas of the terms and conditions in which they believed the accounts to be violating. 

“You can’t misappropriate someone else’s identity without disclosing you are a parody account. It’s no different than making a fake ‘Tesla’ or ‘Elon Musk’ account.”

The terms and conditions of the X platform have a specific policy for misleading or deceptive identities, in which it says, “[users] may not misappropriate the identity of individuals, groups, or organizations or use a fake identity to deceive others.”

It defined this as impersonation of someone who already exists, and also deceptive identities which it defines as misleading the public with an identity that isn’t real.

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Aside from the ongoing controversy over the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, which has been a subject of discussion in the Bitcoin and crypto community for years, the account has been claimed to be run by an X user named Andy Rowe back in 2018.

On July 2, 2018 Rowe posted saying he curates “quotes” for the Satoshi account.

The account has been quiet since Oct. 31, 2018. However, on Oct. 2 of this year, the account made a new post saying “Bitcoin is a predicate machine” and then going on to explain how it will “explore different aspects of the whitepaper” over the coming months. 

Members of the crypto community rallied behind Pledditor’s post calling the account “embarrassing” and that this “needs to happen now.” One user said he previously tried to reach out to administrators about those accounts but was ignored.

Another user called for the accounts to be disabled and likened them to what X did with the account with the handle “@internet.”

Satoshi’s true identity remains a mystery, with many takers over the years. The most prominent claim of Satoshi’s identity is from Craig Wright. 

On July 21, a court in the United Kingdom granted Wright an appeal in the Bitcoin rights lawsuit, in which he claimed copyright to the Bitcoin white paper and database.

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