ELON Musk has revealed he was blocked by Twitter after he tweeted asking if people wanted to buy some Bitcoin.
The Tesla chief’s verified account was halted because the tech firm thought he had been hacked.
The CEO of Tesla indicated it was a safety precaution prompted by a tweet he sent: “Wanna buy some Bitcoin?”
Wanna Buy Some Bitcoin?
Wanna buy some Bitcoin? 😉😉 pic.twitter.com/9ZbBJ5fuVq
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 22, 2018
His suspect tweet had featured an anime drawing of a girl wearing Bitcoin-themed clothing.
Anime is a current interest of Musk, who recently commented on his love for the movies Your Name and Princess Mononoke.
One Twitter user replied to his Tweet: “Lol, it’s spreading. I will buy a Tesla if you accept crypto…I typed bnbfirst, but switched it out. Let’s grow the industry.”
Several fake accounts have previously used images of Elon Musk.
Twitter thought I got hacked & locked my account haha
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 23, 2018
As happens with other prominent names and accounts, variations of his name are used to promote scams.
Twitter hasn’t commented, but the move is likely to have inadvertently drawn public attention to cryptocurrency within mainstream media.
Fake accounts impersonating the famed investor Warren Buffet have also been used to try to scam cryptocurrency investors.
Cyber-security firm Duo Lab published a report in August detailing how software tools are known as “bots” are being used to automate scams.
Musk has previously complained about the phenomenon and sought help to “get rid of the annoying scam spammers” from Jackson Palmer, the creator of Dogecoin.