This February 22, 2021, a Twitter user announced that he came across a series of tweets on the social network that links to a possible anonymous account of Satoshi Nakamoto, shortly before the launch of Bitcoin.
The researcher, who identifies himself as Varun_Mathur, presented his analysis on the discovery of the account @ fafcffacfff , under the pseudonym GoldLover, and shows a wall of tweets that he described as interesting, arousing the interest of some tweeters.
As is known, the bitcoin whitepaper was published on October 31, 2008. The researcher draws attention to the tweet that was disseminated on the account of GoldLover one day before publishing this document .
On October 30, 2008 @fafcffacfff tweeted the following: “However, we know that, throughout history, no fiat currency has survived ». On this message, by way of reflection, Varun publishes this sentence:
Could it be a true coincidence that one day before the publication date of the whitepaper of Bitcoin, was someone thinking of interrupting the issuance of fiat money as we know it?.
In his narration, the researcher refers to an email sent by Satoshi on February 11, 2009, in which he assures, among other things, that “the history of fiat currencies is full of defaults.” The comment is part of a writing where Satoshi Nakamoto questions the operation of central banks and centralized money issuance. It is posted on bictoin.org. Varun says the October 31 tweet contained language similar to that used in this post-network launch email .
Adds that the same Twitter account was the second to post a note on the availability of the Bitcoin code in January 2009. He did it after the programmer Hal Finney, known on Twitter with the account @ halfin , in which he announced on January 10, 2009 that he was “running Bitcoin” . It is important to note that Finney was the first person to receive bitcoins, specifically 10 BTC, on January 12, 2009.
In his messages, Varun recalls that, for that date, There were only two Bitcoin users: Satoshi and Hal Finney. He added that many curious people came across another tweet on GoldLover, dated January 29, 2009, which they dismissed as insignificant. It said: “From: Satoshi Nakamoto-2009-01-11 22:31 Bitcoin v0.1.2 is now available for d.”
Varun admits not having found the exact location of the account @ fafcffacfff , which he describes as “extremely random and obfuscated”. However, he points out that no one seems to have noticed another tweet posted on the same day, in which GoldLover adds that “(Bitcoin) is completely decentralized, with no server or trusted parties” .
In his writing, the researcher assumes that Hal Finney is Satoshi Nakamoto . He thinks that if he felt anonymous enough with this Twitter account, he seems to have been careless in maintaining this condition, as now he is linked to it by the fact of having mentioned Bitcoin. For this reason, he wonders, without finding an answer: “If Hal was Satoshi, why continue tweeting from this unknown account, which barely had followers?”
They question the veracity of the account
Varun left the thread open to comments from skeptics, and concluded his messages by saying that Sathoshi Nakamoto was very expressive , an assumption that was questioned by some tweeters considering that his writings In the Bitcoin Talk forum there were few.
The researcher received more replies from the readers of the note he published on the Substack platform.
One of them expresses that Satoshi moved away from the ecosystem after the conviction of Bernard von NotHaus, convicted of creating the Free Dollar proposal ( Liberty Dollar ) in the US. He assures that anonymity Satoshi’s was driven by the Liberty Dollar chases by d e US federal authorities. Express that “this Twitter account is red herring or red herring” (with this expression it means that is a fallacy ).
One of the commenters sees the work as interesting, although he thinks that the Twitter account was tracking content related to gold and therefore picked up Bitcoin stuff after the white paper was posted on a forum on this topic. “There was a lot of overlap between the gold bug (gold bullish) and Bitcoin communities in those days,” he says. The same idea was exposed by Grin developer David Burkett on Twitter.
Other followers end up saying suspiciously: “I think that account is just a bot” (a robot), also putting doubt that the account belongs to Satoshi Nakamoto.
Satoshi Nakamoto and the launch of Bitcoin
Satoshi Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin. Still it is unknown who or who are hiding behind that alias. His profile information in the P2P Foundation contains all the little information that is known about him. According to what is supposed to be shared there and which does not necessarily have to be true, he is a man born on April 5, 1975 and originally or resident of Japan, at least for the date of the profile activity.
Several are those who have affirmed that Satoshi Nakamoto cannot be a single person. Josh Zerlan, CEO of the now defunct manufacturer of miners Buterfly Labs stated in 2014 that Bitcoin could have been the invention of a group of experts related to the financial sector, probably from the European continent.
As he outlined CryptoNews, the first developers who came into contact with Satoshi to collaborate on Bitcoin also obtained little or no personal information, despite seeing him frequently. Or at least that is what they assure.
At the time of writing this note, the price of Bitcoin is USD 48,896, with a volume traded in the last 24 hours of USD 114 billion and a capitalization market of more than USD 911 billion.