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Twitter Bans Another Entity!

The former poster boy for corporate adoption of Bitcoin, Patrick Byrne spent the last few months fueling election conspiracy theories.

Patrick Byrne, the previous CEO and a Bitcoin evangelist have been banned by Twitter permanently.

His account was removed last Tuesday. The suspected cause was because of the likely results from his continued claims that the 2020 US election was tampered with – claims that have taken a more serious tone after the US Capitol was overrun by Pro-Trump protestors last week.

They got Patrick Byrne. Sad day

The suspension came after the latest Twitter bans for devotees of Qanon, a pro-Trump conspiracy group that presumes the president is fighting a war behind-the-scenes against a scheme of “deep state,” mainly Democrat pedophiles.

A blogpost from Twitter last January 12 says that it has removed 70,000 Qanon accounts since Friday. The social media company stated:

“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful Qanon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.”

Although Byrne might not be a Qanon devotee, his posts can easily be classified as “Qanon-associated.” Just yesterday, Byrne claimed in an interview that there is a “Communist Party takeover” in the US.

Not that long ago, Byrne was known for something else entirely.

Byrne was known for something else not long ago.

Last January 2014, together with Byrne, became the first online retailer with more than $1B in annual sales to accept Bitcoin as a payment. Byrne has also been the igniting force behind Medici Ventures, the company’s blockchain initiative, which worked on everything from blockchain-based systems for wine to the tZero digital securities trading platform.

Byrne became like a cryptocurrency dignitary. Byrne has jumped in three years before the price of one bitcoin hit $1,000, making him an early adopter in the world of business. The CEO was Michael Saylor before anyone in crypto had heard about him, a vocal evangelist of Bitcoin with an eye for publicity.

And in the past few months, he’s been back to his old vocal self. But not about overstock, where he was forced out last year after claiming to have been romantically connected with a Russian spy. And it isn’t about Bitcoin, but about the election.

Crypto enthusiasm and conspiracy theories have never been jointly exclusive, however, Byrne’s current run puts him toward the outskirts of Bitcoin adopters.

Byrne claimed to have funded a team of “hackers and cybersleuths” after the elections, compiling evidence that the election results were deceitful. Not long ago, Byrne endorsed theories that said Antifa was behind the violence at the US Capitol and that Italy, UK spy agency MI6, and the CIA have conspired to use military computers to alter the election results in 17 US States.

Byrne, who claims that he did not vote for President Trump, has however wandered into the president’s circle since November. He said he met with Trump in the Oval Office last December 18.

Last week, Trump was removed from Twitter after the social media company alluded to several tweets as incitements to violence. Earlier than that, Sidney Powell, who filed multiple unsuccessful lawsuits claiming election fraud, and former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, both of them are associated with Qanon, were banned by the social media platform.

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