Elon Musk’s Twitter Account Locked After ‘Buy Bitcoin’ Tweet
Twitter locked Elon Musk’s account yesterday after the billionaire Space X and Tesla founder posted a lighthearted tweet asking a follower if they would like to buy bitcoin.
Elon Musk made the offer for bitcoin sale in response to a question from a follower about whether Tesla accounts would soon begin utilizing 2-factor authentication for added security. The joke was made in reference to the 2-factor authentication security protocol commonly deployed by crypto trading platforms like Coinbase and Circle. Twitter however did not see the funny side of it. His account was temporarily locked on suspicion of being hacked while the platform investigated and eventually unlocked it.
Musk has faced a series of controversies linked to his activity on Twitter over the past months. His declaration that he could take Tesla private for $420 a share which he made on Twitter ultimately landed him in trouble with the SEC, leading to a $20 million fine and an order to step aside as Tesla chairman for at least 3 years.