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Sam Bankman-Fried has been tweeting irregularly and cryptically over the last 30 hours putting twitter in suspense as all eyes watch his every move like a hawk.
His 10-thread long cryptic tweets are a slew of single letter messages that read ‘What-H-A-P-P-E-N-E-D” before reaching its final thread that was truly an impeccable dessert. He serves us with a message that his tweets are not financial advice and he has some form of faulty memory, reminiscent of something that someone who is not guilty would say.
Given the amount of short attention span in crypto, it didn’t take long for attention deprived Twitter sleuths to go all up in his business and to speculate possibilities on his cryptic messages. Some users speculated that the message was to point users towards Hilary Clinton’s published memoir in 2017 given SBF’s involvement with the Democratic Party & the Biden administration to curry favour for FTX. The memoir titled ‘What Happened’ was about her experiences with the Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential elections.
However the most bizarre speculation was that his irregular tweeting was a front to delete his old tweets. They speculated SBF’s motive to tweet cryptically and erratically was to buy himself time to outsmart the ‘deleted tweet’ bot that tracks deleted tweets on Twitter.
They suspected he was deleting old incriminating tweets and posting new tweets simultaneously to keep his tweet count the same. That way, it would not trigger the ‘deleted tweet’ bot that does a recording sweep of deleted tweets every X minutes.
While as convincing as it seemed, these degens however later found out that they were completely wrong. They later retracted their accusations ‘in the spirit of not spreading wrong information’ after comparing data between other companies who were also tracking his deleted tweets.
In an interview with the New York Times, reporters asked SBF about his cryptic tweet thread, to which SBF replied that he “making it up as he goes” and “it is going to be more than one word”. But why? “I don’t know, I’m improvising and I think its’s time”.