The Twitter account @Bitcoin — an intentionally misleading account which only supports Bitcoin Cash (BCH) — recently tried to defame Bitcoin (BTC) in a poll on the popular social media website. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t work.
For those who aren’t aware, the Twitter account @Bitcoin actually has nothing to do with Bitcoin (BTC). Rather, the account uses Bitcoin’s name while pumping out anti-Bitcoin propaganda and shilling the dominant cryptocurrency’s largely-unwanted step-brother, Bitcoin Cash (BCH). As noted by Badbitcoin.org:
The Bitcoin account on Twitter @Bitcoin has been hijacked or bought by those scoundrels promoting the Bcash (Bitcoin Cash) Scam. Mail Order Explosives, Bitcoin, Scams – They do the lot! 1/8/18.
The borderline-scam account posted a poll on Thursday, asking which ‘Bitcoin’ Twitter users prefer. Of course, in doing so, the Twitter handle explicitly made biased and incorrect statements in an attempt to prove that Bitcoin Cash is the superior cryptocurrency. It backfired:
The Bitcoin Core (BTC) community relies on internet hate mobs, trolls, sockpuppets, censorship, DDoS attacks, vote manipulation, harassment and character assassinations.
The Bitcoin (BCH) community is welcoming, supportive, and appreciates freedom.
Which do you prefer?
— Bitcoin (@Bitcoin) March 8, 2018
When all was said and done, Bitcoin (BTC) proved to be the overwhelming favorite, despite the Bcash scammers best efforts to undermine the dominant cryptocurrency. Out of 17,437 votes — a sizeable sample — 74% of users preferred the real Bitcoin (BTC) to Bitcoin Cash (BCH).
Additionally, the @Bitcoin Twitter handle was recently restricted on the popular social media site, though the reasons behind both the account’s restriction and restoration of permissions aren’t clear.
Bitcoin Cash — a hard fork of Bitcoin — largely markets itself as being ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’s real vision’ for Bitcoin and, in doing so, claims to be ‘the true Bitcoin.’ Meanwhile, misleading accounts like @Bitcoin on Twitter spew intentionally misleading information in desperate attempts to gain support.
As evidenced by the Bcash shill account’s own Twitter poll, however, many cryptocurrency investors view Bitcoin Cash as little more than an attempted hijacking of the Bitcoin brand by Roger Ver, Calvin Ayre, and others, to capitalize on the confusion of new investors.
Bitcoin Cash, however, is making headway in one particular field. Recently, reports surfaced that, for the first time, Bcash is being accepted as a form of ransom payment by ransomware — intrusive software, which encrypts victims files and demands payment in return.
In other news, Ayre himself is launching his own Bcash-only vacation resort in Antigua, where he has primarily resided since being indicted by the US Attorney for Maryland on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering.
[Full disclosure: the author is a holder of Bitcoin (BTC)]
Which do you prefer: Bitcoin (BTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH)? Let us know in the comments below!
Images courtesy of Twitter/@Bitcoin, Bitcoinist archives
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