The SLP Torch website, which shows the entries of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) torch created by Cipher Gnome, has revealed the only transaction publicly associated with the Twitter handle @Bitcoin. The transaction shows a Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) address and a Bitcoin Cash address linked to the owner of the @Bitcoin Twitter handle. Yesterday, the @Bitcoin account deleted all of its previous tweets mentioning Bitcoin Cash without warning.
SLP Torch’s Entry Shows @Bitcoin’s Transaction
According to the 55th entry of the Bitcoin Cash torch, user @usatie passed the torch to @Bitcoin who subsequently sent it to another user @CrytoPanda15. In a Reddit post where the transaction was being discussed, a poster claimed that he had records of another address since the @Bitcoin owner had once paid him for some development work.
This event was inspired by the Lightning Torch social experiment where Lightning Network supporters passed around a small fraction of Bitcoin (BTC) to demonstrate the second layer solution’s ability to complete micropayments. A Bitcoin Cash supporter ‘Cipher Gnome’ created a BCH version of the torch on the Simple Ledger Protocol. After its creation, Gnome said that there would only be one SLP torch and noted that the token cannot be further divided. The SLP torch has since passed through the hands of many people, including the likes of Roger Ver, a well-known proponent of Bitcoin Cash.
Twitter’s Shadowban of the @Bitcoin Handle
In March 2019, the owner of the @Bitcoin handle complained of the account’s reach being restricted because of the account’s criticism of Bitcoin (BTC) and the Lightning Network. Following this, many Bitcoin supporters called for the account to be suspended or reassigned to Bitcoin developers. Roger Ver, CEO of Bitcoin.com and proponent of the Bitcoin Cash project, said that he never owned the @Bitcoin handle but knows the person who does.
This disagreement arose when the @Bitcoin account showed support for the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. The owner of the @Bitcoin handle criticized Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for restricting accounts that were critical of one of his portfolio companies. Notably, Dorsey is an investor in the Lightning Network and has also helped fund the startup Lightning Labs. Twitter has been accused of restricting and censoring content on its platform in the past.
However, on August 19, 2019, the @Bitcoin handle likely changed hands since almost all of the pro-BCH tweets were deleted from the account, including the pinned tweet which explained Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The official website link was also changed from Bitcoin.com (a pro-BCH website) to Bitcoin.org (a pro-BTC website). This has led to speculation over whether the account has been hijacked or sold to a new owner. Meanwhile, Litecoin creator Charlie lee poked fun of the situation by suggesting that the owner of @Bitcoin must have broken up with Roger Ver.
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