John McAfee is the Founder of McAfee internet security firm, McAfee associates and has also authored a couple of books. He is popularly known for his unabashed honesty on Twitter. The Crypto-Twitter community pays a lot of heed to McAfee because of his conviction towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.
He is the person who has supported and speculated on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies for a long time. In 2018, McAfee used to release his ‘coin of the week’; for a starting couple of weeks, those coins saw tremendous growth in price due to speculation.
Moreover, McAfee was highly active on Twitter, sharing things about anything and everything more often than not. However, he has decided to call it quits from the social media platform.
Recently, he expressed about the distress that he has been facing from the US Government. According to him,
The IRS, using the NSA and the FBI, are harrassing my former employees (Two were given houses), my business contacts (In Mexico no less), my banks, and even my auto mechanics. I will be publishing the full audio of these harrassments soon. I invented the tech they use. I’m McAfee.
The reason for the surveillance has not been mentioned. Moreover, McAfee hasn’t been served any indictment for now that we know off. However, he unexpectedly and rather surprisingly went ‘dark’ without even sending a ‘goodbye tweet.’ The last tweet from his official account reads,
“Developing events have made it necessary for John McAfee to go dark. Please be advised that this account will be operated by staff until further notice. More details will be released in time.”
Nevertheless, his last tweet was on Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. He chose sarcasm and satire for the tone of his tweet. It was rather disingenuous. He said,
“Folks asking my opinion of Ethereum: Well . . .. Frankly, I prefer one syllable coins and am not fond of Ethereum’s spelling. Additionally, many of my friends who hold Ethereum dress oddly. And, of course, Buterin looks underfed to me. But do not take this as investment advice.”
Now that the account will be operated by staff, we can only expect official announcements and important updates from that once popular Twitter account. The crypto-twitter community has engaged a lot with him as he made some wild predictions for the crypto-market. Moreover, he also claimed that he knows and would reveal the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto. However, he backed off on that pretty soon.
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Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Journalist at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com