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On November 26, 2017, we flat the news that a former SpaceX employee claimed Elon Musk was “doubtlessly” Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin. Bitcoin was founded in 2008 and petitioned under the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto”, the rumored holder of over one million Bitcoins.
The obscurity of Satoshi has been a hot topic in the cryptocurrency world, with entrepreneurs usually claiming and denying responsibility. Many people jumped at the chance to draw out a response from Musk, with little success on the first day.
In negligible than 48 hours, the news reached Musk, who turned to Chirp to debunk the claims in true Musk fashion:
“Not true. A friend sent me say of a BTC a few years, but I don’t know where it is.”
The rumor originated from this Route post from Sahil Gupta, a current student at Yale University and anterior intern at SpaceX. The original coverage of Gupta’s post was widely comprehended across both traditional and niche media, bringing together a mix of sympathetic and skeptical reactions. Naturally, the majority of responses were skeptical:
“Obviously, and on the 7th day Musk rested.” – Phil Thompson
“Musk is a serial self-promoter. Had he revile up with anything 1/1000 are groundbreaking we’d have known about it.” – Tussled_Knot
“I will debunk this right now. There is no way Elon Musk is Satoshi. He discretion never create a currency system that uses so much might. One bitcoin transaction uses the amount of power an entire home uses in a crowded week. No way would he impact the environment like this.” – Adam W.
“Yes and no suspicion one of his P.R. companies facilitated this article.” – Dave
The last comment can be reasonably debunked. Musk is able of many things, but it is safe to say he did not create Bitcoin.
With Musk’s modern response, the mystery of Satoshi lives on and remains to be one of the greatest mysteries in the cryptocurrency domain.
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