On February 7, 2018, the Twitter account belonging to user Bitfinex'ed was briefly suspended, only to be restored hours later. Created in April 2017, the anonymous account has served as a mouthpiece for an outspoken critic of Bitfinex, one of the world's largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
This has earned Bitfinex'ed a polarizing reputation. Some commend the anonymous user's detailed (though not always accurate) work, while others believe that Bitfinex'ed is misguidedly seeking revenge after losing money while trading on Bitfinex. Regardless, the Bitfinex'ed account has brought to light potential abuses that are possibly being carried out by Bitfinex and other major digital currency exchanges, many of which merit further examination.
Over the last year, Bitfinex'ed has pointedly raised questions about the legitimacy of Bitfinex's business, highlighting unusual trading activity as well as the connections between Bitfinex and Tether, the issuer of a supposedly dollar-backed digital token. The somewhat shadowy CEO of Bitfinex and Tether is Jean-Louis van der Velde, whom ETHNews profiled late last year.
Today, Bitfinex'ed confirmed their reddit identity as AtlasRand1 – though it's still not clear who is behind the accounts. It's worth noting that AtlasRand1's reddit account is three years old and it is the sole moderator of both r/Bitfinexed and r/bitfinexinsolvency. On reddit, AtlasRand1 alleged their present circumstance:
"My Twitter account is currently suspended, earlier I had about 20 tweets that were considered 'private' despite the fact that it's all public information (and some stuff that even the NY Times has along with Bloomberg, yeah so private), so [Bitfinex has] been using bots to mass report my tweets."
Elaborating on Hacker Noon, Bitfinex'ed said, "By cutting out a man's tongue you don't prove him a liar, you prove you're afraid of what he has to say."
In true Internet fashion, there have also been rumors circulating about a bitcoin bounty being placed on the head of Bitfinex'ed. Other redditors warned AtlasRand1 of the potential danger.
For now, it's unclear whether these are simply rumors or credible threats.
ETHNews has reached out to Twitter and Bitfinex'ed for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.