Bitcoin Miner Claims Twitter Handed Banned Acct to Cameron Winklevoss

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In Brief
  • Bitcoin miner Cameron Asa says his previous Twitter OG account @Cameron was banned for suspicious behavior.

  • Asa insists that he did nothing wrong.

  • He claims the account is now the verified account of billionaire Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss.

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Bitcoin miner Cameron Asa claims that Twitter wrongfully terminated his possession of the @Cameron Twitter handle and handed it to Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss.

Asa claimed in a tweet that has since been deleted that he set up @Cameron “well over 10 years ago,” but Twitter inexplicably banned the account and rebuffed all attempts to engage for two years. 

Source: Twitter

According to Asa, Twitter never actually gave a solid reason for banning his account. He insists that he did nothing wrong, but the platform deliberately ignored his attempts to appeal his ban until enough time had passed for the handle to legally be reassigned.

Source: Twitter

From Genesis to 2018 Ban

A Twitter OG (Original Gangster) account is a type of Twitter account which is especially desirable and in-demand because the handle is short and memorable. Examples of Twitter OG accounts are @David, @Jack, @0x and @Cameron

Asa, who works full time as a bitcoin miner, says that he was never actually informed about what he actually did wrong to earn the ban. He claims that despite reaching out repeatedly during the period, he was simply ignored.

Source: Twitter

In February 2018, Twitter announced a revision to its policy on automation and use of multiple accounts with a March 28 compliance deadline. The policy aimed to tackle the proliferation of sock puppet accounts and fake engagement on the platform. It resulted in a purge of up to 70 million accounts deemed suspicious or inauthentic. 

Asa claims that while other people with both personal and parody accounts lost their parody accounts, he lost his personal account. In so doing, he says, he was locked out of his account and unable to tweet until enough time had elapsed for the handle to legally be changed and reassigned.

Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Twitter Seemingly Reassigns Account to Cameron Winklevoss

Asa says that he believes his attempts to prove his innocence were intentionally ignored so that Twitter  could give his account to Winklevoss.

Source: Twitter

Twitter’s rules on the subject of account reassignment due to inactivity read as follows:

“We encourage people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account. To keep your account active, be sure to log in and Tweet at least every 6 months. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.”

BeinCrypto reached out to Winklevoss for comment, but we were unable to establish contact with him as of press time. In the meantime, a glance at Winklevoss’ Twitter page confirms that he is indeed the current owner of the @Cameron handle. 

BeinCrypto will bring more updates as the story develops.


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David is a journalist, writer and broadcaster whose work has appeared on CNN, The Africa Report, The New Yorker Magazine and The Washington Post. His work as a satirist on 'The Other News,' Nigeria's answer to The Daily Show has featured in the New Yorker Magazine and in the Netflix documentary 'Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy.' In 2018, he was nominated by the US State Department for the 2019 Edward Murrow program for journalists under the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). He tweets at @DavidHundeyin

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