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John McAfee is the Creator of Bitcoin: TikTok Influencer Makes Wild Claim. Or is it?

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Updated by Nicole Buckler
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In Brief

  • The late/"the late" John McAfee is the inventor of the McAfee virus software
  • A TikTok influencer has made a wild claim that McAfee is Satoshi Nakamoto
  • The theory seems fit for the bin... until...
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John McAfee is the creator of Bitcoin. This is the remarkable claim of a TikTok influencer who calls himself Harry the Soul Coach.

He says, “John McAfee is the creator of Bitcoin. If we go back and look at his past, he created internet security software McAfee in 1987. So he had backdoor access then.”

The influencer goes on to say that he thinks McAfee is still alive.

John McAfee and Conspiracy Theories

While there have been some very wild suggestions about who created Bitcoin, this one might just get traction, especially for conspiracy theorists.  

There are multiple interviews on YouTube with McAfee, which do demonstrate that he had a very solid knowledge of the blockchain, and always did.

However, it also shows that he also seemed to like doing interviews as the LSD microdose kicked in. It probably wasn’t as micro as he planned a few of those times.

One very interesting interview was conducted by Tom Shaughnessy of Delphi Media.

McAfee says during the interview, “Blockchain is the first technology that has not come from the bowels of the government or a black program from within the military. It’s not from IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung or some other corporation. And the technology, by and large, has been open source – it’s available to anybody. This is a defining moment in the evolution of the human mind. The first application for the blockchain was cryptocurrency. And the first application of cryptocurrency was Bitcoin, which has far, far outlived its life expectancy. But it has no privacy. You can’t put smart contracts on that blockchain.”

John McAfee

Criminal Elements

It is because of this, McAfee claims, that criminals were so fast to use it. “For years, Bitcoin was what people on the dark web accepted for payment. Criminals are always the first to accept new technologies. I mean, good God Almighty, when the telephone came out, who were the first adopters? The mob! They had nationwide phone system so that they could coordinate nationwide criminal activity. So, bank robberies increased tenfold in the early 30s!”

McAfee goes on to say that a better alternative to Bitcoin is privacy coins like Monero.

The implication here by the TikTok influencer Harry, is that McAfee set up Bitcoin to watch what criminals were doing. Harry says, “McAfee got them all!”

Did McAfee create Bitcoin to have something on criminals? McAfee often said he could watch government operatives via his virus software. Did he create Bitcoin to watch criminals too?

As McAfee descends into anger and nonsense in the interview, he says, “Please God, let’s wake up people. Why was Bitcoin eventually worth as much as it was originally? Because it was used as a fucking currency. Nobody will use Bitcoin anymore. It’s old, clunky, slow and expensive. With zero privacy. Nobody uses it. It’s a piece of shit that the world does not understand yet.”

Okay Satoshi Nakamoto, it has been 13 years now, you are the world champion of hide-and-seek… Come get your trophy! Come out, come out, wherever you are!

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Nicole Buckler
Nicole Buckler has been working as an editor and journalist for over 25 years, writing from Sydney, Melbourne, Taipei, London, and Dublin. She now writes from the Gold Coast in Australia. Nicole first bought Bitcoin in 2013 not really understanding what she was doing. She is an accidental HoDLer. Got a story on the culture side of crypto? Email [email protected]