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Twitter descends into momentary chaos with response to bitcoin scam

The halt comes amid a wide-spread Bitcoin scam.

Jul 15, 2020, 5:52 pm*

Tech

Andrew Wyrich 

Andrew Wyrich

Twitter on Wednesday momentarily halted verified users from tweeting amid an ongoing bitcoin scam.

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Several people reported that they had noticed verified users being unable to directly tweet, but were still able to retweet.

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The halt came as a number of high profile accounts like Elon Musk, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Apple, and Uber were wrapped up in a large-scale Bitcoin scam.

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Those accounts tweeted a message that said they would double an amount of bitcoin sent to a specific address.

The Daily Dot tested whether a verified account was able to tweet around 5:20pm CT on Thursday and was unable to post. An unverified user was able to tweet. It appeared verified accounts to could tweet again around 5:40 pm CT.

When attempting to post, Twitter sent a message: "Something went wrong, but don't fret—let's give it another shot."

Another pop-up came up that read:

"This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later."

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Twitter did momentarily descend into chaos as unverified accounts rose up.

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Twitter told the Daily Dot that: "Accounts may be unable to Tweet or reset their passwords while we review and address this incident. We'll continue to share updates."

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*First Published: Jul 15, 2020, 5:46 pm