Elon Musk, the playful Tesla and SpaceX chief executive who has set the world of bitcoin and cryptocurrency on fire in the past, has again caused a stir by tweeting about cryptocurrencies—this time it’s the turn of decentralized app network ethereum.
Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency market has been trading sideways since leaping higher at the beginning of this month, with ethereum now only 7% up on its late March price per ethereum token.
Now, Musk, who earlier this month revealed his favorite cryptocurrency, has tweeted the word “ethereum” before replying to ethereum’s creator Vitalik Buterin invitation to attend the ethereum developer conference in October.
Musk tweeted the word “ethereum” then followed it up by tweeting “jk”—perhaps an attempt at preventing Twitter from suspending his account, which has previously been locked after tweeting about cryptocurrencies due to his long association with bitcoin and cryptocurrency give-away scams.
Musk then told ethereum’s Buterin to “stop giving away ETH.”
Musk has recently been embroiled in a row with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after he tweeted about his plans to take Tesla private last year, with the SEC then claiming that Musk violated an agreement by tweeting information Musk said had already been correctly relayed to investors.
On Friday, Musk and the SEC filed their amended settlement, which lists specific topics that Musk needs legal approval to tweet about. It does not contain anything about bitcoin or cryptocurrencies.
Following the agreement, Bloomberg’s Matt Levine wrote…
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