Bitcoin, which has been going through a dramatic price rebound in recent weeks, has throughout its history forked due to developer differences over bitcoin’s direction, with bitcoin cash, and its own fork Bitcoin SV, two of the better-known bitcoin varients.
The bitcoin price has remained stronger than any of these so-called forks, though last year’s bitcoin cash civil war, in which the self-declared creator of bitcoin, Australia-born Craig Wright, threated to crash the cryptocurrency market unless the bitcoin cash cryptocurrency bent to his will, resulted in bitcoin losing almost half its value in a matter of days.
Now, the widely respected chief executive of the world’s largest bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchange by volume Binance, Changpeng Zhao (often known simply as CZ), has warned that if Wright continues to claim to be bitcoin’s creator, the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, and attack those who disagree with him, Binance will de-list Wright’s bitcoin SV, which split from bitcoin cash when Wright lost the battle for control of the bitcoin fork.
Binance’s CZ became embroiled in the Wright row after Twitter user and popular bitcoin and crypto commentator @Hodlonaut popularised the hashtag #CraigWrightIsAFraud, causing Wright and his bitcoin SV partner Calvin Ayre at try to discover @Hodlonaut’s real identity with the presumed intent of silencing him through legal means.
“Craig Wright is not Satoshi,” CZ tweeted. “Anymore of this sh!t, we delist!,” he wrote in response to a Bitcoin Magazine tweet claiming the attack on @Hodlonaut is an attack on bitcoin and cryptocurrency users and fans.
Bitcoin SV, which has been on a downward trend since it split from bitcoin cash, has failed to rally along with the wider market over the last two weeks.
While the bitcoin price has gained some 25% since April 1, bitcoin SV has gained just 9%. Some smaller bitcoin alternatives have risen by almost 200% over the same period as a rising tide of cryptocurrency sentiment lifts most boats in the harbor.
Bitcoin SV is down by almost half its value, dropping from over $110 to just $70, since late November when it broke away from bitcoin cash.
Last night, Binance’s CZ doubled down on his threat to Wright and bitcoin SV, calling on him to “digitally sign” a message using the private key from the original bitcoins mined by Satoshi Nakamoto to prove he has access to the earliest mined bitcoins.
“Craig Wright is fraud,” CZ added.
Wright’s attack on @hodlonaut has prompted many Twitter users to adopt their name and the image created by @CryptoScamHub to honor them.