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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Deletes Old Tweets: What is he Trying to Cover Up?

Published July 11, 2023 4:14 PM
Omar Elorfaly
Published July 11, 2023 4:14 PM

Key Takeaways

  • @Pledditor tracks down all deleted tweets by Coinbase CEO
  • Brian Armstrong uses Twitter to retract many of his views
  • Users gather on Github to track Armstrong on Twitter

A Twitter user by the name of @Pledditor took it upon themselves to track down key tweets deleted by Brian Armstrong, CEO of the biggest US-based crypto exchange Coinbase.

Many of Armstrong’s deleted tweets reflect thoughts and ideologies that the CEO perhaps doesn’t agree with anymore. Or, they could simply be more harmful to his business should he choose to stand his ground on them.

Armstrong deletes so many tweets to the point where there’s a Github dedicated to tweets deleted by the CEO, starting in 2013.

Let’s take a look at some of those tweets, and what they mean to Coinbase in its current state.

Armstrong Really Wanted to Increase Block Sizes

Many of Armstrong’s tweets back in 2015 and 2016 focused on requesting an increase to blocksize. While some of them showed support for the notion, others plainly attributed any negative outcome on the blockchain to not increasing the blocksize.

BitForks But Not Altcoins

This one’s interesting. A series of tweets shows Armstrong’s support for Bitcoin hard forks, essentially derivatives of the original Bitcoin blockchain.

However, Brian Armstrong, on multiple occasions took to Twitter to shoot down the potential of altcoins as an investment or payment option. (N.B Coinbase currently lists tons of altcoins)

LiteCoin, No LiteCoin

The Coinbase CEO showed great support to Charlie Lee, the creator of LiteCoin as he announced the news of the token’s current valuation.

Then, ever so ironically, when Charlie Lee sold all his LiteCoin, Armstrong tweeted his company’s employee trading policy. On top of that, his own product manager was convicted of insider trading.

Diversity & Inclusion

Keeping up with the times, the Coinbase CEO decides to tweet about diversity and inclusion policies at Coinbase. Once again, irony hits. A New York Times article  points out an issue within the company concerning that exact topic. 

Armstrong Is A Fan-favorite

Turns out Coinbase’s CEO is so famous for deleting his tweets to the point where users created a separate Github  page just to list all the tweets he deleted between 2013 and 2020. The tweets deleted include replies to different users and stakeholders in the market.

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