Twitter Accused of Shadow Banning To Restrict @Bitcoin Reach


On 23rd of March 2019, the Twitter handle of Bitcoin (@Bitcoin) became entangled in a controversy after a complaint was lodged by the BTC supporters against the account and attempted to get the account closed. The operator of the Bitcoin Twitter profile has even accused the social media platform of manipulating the matters by placing the restrictions on the @Bitcoin account by limiting its overall traffic.

The authorized owner of the Twitter handle @Bitcoin believes that the account is being restricted due to its being critical towards the Bitcoin Core network (BTC) and the Lightning Network (LN). For the last couple of weeks, several BTC supporters have had advocated on having the account suspended or reassigned to a group of the core developers. The dispute was caused as the @Bitcoin account shows the support of the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network. The LN proponents and the hardcore maximalists believe that as the account calls itself Bitcoin”, it is fraudulently displaying itself as the real Bitcoin. On 15th of March 2019, the Twitter handle @Moonoverlord stated its opinion that the account should be handed over to the group of developers known as Bitcoin Core. The former moderator of the r/Bitcoin subreddit has agreed to the idea and stated that the @Bitcoin handle could be given away to any developers behind the BTC.

Soon after the controversy and the people talking a lot about the @Bitcoin handle, the account detailed that they believe it was unfairly restricted. Simultaneously, Twitter has also been accused of de-platforming and censorship by different critics for quite some time. At this moment, the Bitcoin account does not seem to be phased by the harassment and adding to that has continued to express opinions that are opposed to the scaling choices promoted by the supporters of BTC and LN.


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