Bitpico, a controversial mischief-maker within the world of bitcoin, has allegedly rage-quit BTC altogether. The pseudonymous entity, who has previously caught attention for stress-testing the Bitcoin Cash network and trying to keep Segwit2x alive, has now reportedly washed his hands of Bitcoin core altogether. There remains the possibility, however, that it’s merely the latest publicity stunt from a notorious troll.
Bitpico Allegedly Rage Quits on Bitcoin Core
Bitpico was last in the news six weeks ago, when we reported that his crew were stress-testing the Bitcoin Cash network – and not out of love for it. Bitpico has made no secret of his dislike for BCH, but now it appears he’s fallen out of love with BTC too. In a tweet that strongly reeked of a hack or publicity stunt, Bitpico wrote on August 4: “We are no longer bullish on #bitcoin $btc & dumped all @ 8300 USD. We’ve put our farm up for sale also. Why? We no longer want to participate in the worlds most manipulated commodity. Bitcoin is now just a shit show. Good luck!”
The claim caught the attention of the crypto community, but was met with short shrift:
Others have speculated that Bitpico was a Bitcoin Cash shill all along, and that his team’s failure to successfully topple the BCH network was an attempt to demonstrate its strength, citing his sudden dismissal of BTC as proof.
Bitpico Deletes All Tweets
In addition to defiantly declaring BTC to be the world’s “most manipulated commodity”, and claiming to have sold his coins at the recent top, Bitpico went on to delete all his remaining tweets. He also updated his Twitter bio, reaffirming his opinion that “Bitcoin is fully manipulated shit show. Just say no.” If Bitpico was seeking to catch attention by throwing his toys out the pram, he certainly succeeded. Few people are prepared to take his claims seriously however.
Bitpico has a history of making threats and then never following through with them. As previously reported by news.Bitcoin.com: “[In November] Bitpico explained that his team was carrying out the Segwit2x fork whether people liked it or not and claimed to have 30 percent of the hashrate…Following Bitpico’s threats this past November, nothing ever happened, and his 30 percent of hashrate never came to fruition.” He also previously threatened to DDoS the Lightning Network, but once again, nothing happened.
It’s possible that Bitpico’s non-existent hashrate, sloppy coding, and ineffectual DDoS army is accompanied by shoddy infosec, resulting in his Twitter account being hacked. It seems likelier, though, that he’ll return in a few days, promoting a new agenda with equally lackluster results.
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