Elon Musk’s crypto tweets have ‘destroyed lives,’ says video purportedly from Anonymous

Elon Musk has “destroyed lives” through irresponsible tweets that have recently roiled cryptocurrency markets, a group claiming to represent the hacker collective Anonymous said in a weekend video.

The nearly four-minute video, posted Saturday, attacked the Tesla Inc. TSLA, 1.32% chief executive for being “another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention” and for  “constantly trolling” crypto markets. It racked up 1.7 million views as of late Sunday.

“Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives,” a Guy Fawkes-masked figure said in the video. “Of course, they took the risk upon themselves when they invested, and everyone knows to be prepared for volatility in crypto, but your tweets this week show a clear disregard for the average working person.”

Musk has become perhaps the single biggest driver of crypto price swings in recent months, with the prices of bitcoin and dogecoin especially feeling the effects of his tweets. “Musk is definitely too influential on bitcoin prices,” Kevin Kang, co-founder and principal at BKCoin Capital, told MarketWatch last week.

On Thursday, Musk sent a cryptic tweet that suggested he had broken up with bitcoin, sending the price of the digital asset down about 5% since then.

Last month, Musk sent bitcoin prices plunging after announcing Tesla would no longer accept bitcoin as payment for its vehicles, citing the high levels of carbon emissions produced by bitcoin mining. Musk said it was looking into other cryptos, such as dogecoin, that are more eco-friendly.

The post also claimed the recent formation of the Bitcoin Mining Council, ostensibly to promote environmentally sustainable mining, was a bid by Musk to control the industry.

“The games you have played with the crypto markets have destroyed lives,” the weekend video said. “Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives.”

“You may think you are the smartest person in the room, but now you have met your match,” it concluded. “We are Anonymous! We are Legion! Expect us.”

The video came amid a weekend bitcoin conference in Miami, attended by around 12,000 crypto enthusiasts. Prices of bitcoin BTCUSD, -7.74% and dogecoin DOGEUSD, -9.62% fell slightly over the weekend, but were relatively stable compared to recent volatility.

Source: MarketWatch

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