Bitcoin Price Wobbles Around $6,500; Twitter Blocks Elon Musk Following Cryptic Tweet
Bitcoin’s price rose slightly on Wednesday, though a dearth of trading catalysts kept momentum subdued following a mostly lackluster week of activity. Meanwhile, Twitter has reportedly locked Elon Musk out of his account after the Tesla founder issued a cryptic tweet encouraging users to buy bitcoin.
The bitcoin price reached a session high of $6,522 on Wednesday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap. On Bitfinex, BTC clocked highs of $6,626.30. At the time of writing, the digital currency was trading hands at $6,491 on most major exchanges and $6,600 on Bitfinex. Compared to a week ago, BTC values are little changed.
As Hacked reported last week, bitcoin’s large premium on Bitfinex followed a brisk selloff of USDT, a controversial stablecoin that is used purchase BTC and other leading digital currencies.
Bitcoin’s 24-hour trade volumes declined on Wednesday, reflecting an overall tepid trading environment for digital assets. BTC volumes have fallen to around $3.4 billion compared with $3.7 billion on Tuesday. BitMEX, a leading derivatives platform, processed roughly 15% of bitcoin’s daily volume.
At current prices, bitcoin has a total value of $112.6 billion, which represents 53.6% of the entire market. The overall cryptocurrency market cap was worth $210.1 billion with daily trade volumes amounting to just $9.6 billion. Most major assets were little changed.
Elon Musk Locked Out of Twitter Account
Twitter’s hyper-active community managers have apparently locked Elon Musk out of his account after the billionaire made a tongue-in-cheek remark about buying bitcoin. The tweet, which appeared on Monday, was made in a thread about Musk’s apparent love for anime.
Wanna buy some Bitcoin? 😉😉 pic.twitter.com/9ZbBJ5fuVq
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018
The image was created on a website called Cryptocurrency Girls, which transforms digital assets into anime characters.
Musk says the ‘buy bitcoin’ tweet led to his account being temporarily blocked by Twitter over suspicion he may have been hacked.
“For privacy and security reasons, we don’t comment on individual accounts,” a Twitter spokeswoman told BBC.
As of Tuesday, Musk appears to have regained full control of his Twitter account, as per the following tweet:
Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2018
Musk’s cryptic tweet has received mixed reviews from the crypto community. While many acknowledge that the tweet was likely a joke, Binance CEO Zhao Changpeng said he was willing to buy a Tesla vehicle if it accepted bitcoin.
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