Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin complained on Twitter after being insulted.
In a recent tweet, in fact, he explained:
“I got insulted by two major cryptocurrency figures today! People say fun things about me all the time, but I do think this is a bit of a record”.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) November 26, 2019
Vitalik mentions two other tweets, one by Calvin Ayre and one by Adam Back.
Calvin Ayre, founder of CoinGeek.com and supporter of Bitcoin SV, tweeted yesterday:
“Vitalik has no clue on economics or blockchain”.
Adam Back, on the other hand, is the inventor of Hashcash, as well as co-founder and CEO of Blockstream.
In response to a tweet by Bram Cohen, in which he accused Vitalik Buterin of having incorrect opinions about the state of cryptocurrency technology, Back wrote:
“It’s like looking to Elizabeth Holmes for the state of biotech. what’d you expect”.
Elizabeth Holmes was the founder of a company, Theranos, which claimed to have revolutionised the biotechnology industry but was later accused of fraud by the SEC over its false claims.
At its peak, Theranos was valued at $9 billion and had more than 800 employees, and now the process of liquidation has begun.
Surely this association with a person well known in the US for lying to investors, users and even the US government and accused of fraud, was not something Vitalik liked at all.
In fact, Adam Back’s words seem to suggest that Vitalik should be considered as a lying fraudster and, since this kind of accusation comes from a very important figure in the crypto industry, it certainly did not go unnoticed.
Nevertheless, Buterin’s reaction to the accusations was quite funny, to the extent that someone described him as “too young, like a student“.
Others responded by saying that “Bitcoin fixes this“, or by posting a GIF of the famous character of the Lord of the Rings, Gollum, who says “nobody likes you“.
Buterin himself wanted to specify that he found these accusations “fun“, although from his first tweet he didn’t seem to be amused at all. The comments were very numerous, most of them in support of Vitalik.