Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has trolled the bitcoin community over whether he would accept bitcoin payments, implying he would not turn down an offer to get paid in BTC in the future while replying to author Ben Mezrich.
Mezrich is the author behind titles like “The Social Network” and “Bitcoin Billionaires,” the latter of which describes the story of how Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, owners of the Gemini crypto exchange, got into BTC and invested in the flagship cryptocurrency.
In a tweet, Mezrich revealed he would not turn down the chance of getting paid again in the future, at a time in which the price of BTC has surged past its previous all-time high and is now changing hands at $30,000 after plunging from a new all-time high close to $42,000. Musk replied to the tweet with a “me neither.”
Gold bug and bitcoin critic Peter Schiff chimed in, saying his words made “no sense” as if he wanted to buy BTC he could do so on his own timing so he can decide to buy bitcoin when he believes it’s a good time to buy, not when someone else decides it’s time to sell.
Other crypto community members called on Elon to buy BTC saying it’s not too late to get in on the action. Musk, who is now the richest man in the world, is well-known for trolling the cryptocurrency community, it’s worth noting.
Late last year he tweeted out “bitcoin is my safe word,” before replying he was just kidding.
Musk is also known for tweeting about Dogecoin (DOGE), a meme cryptocurrency whose community is well-known for taking on philanthropic projects. Last year, his ironic endorsement of the cryptocurrency helped its price surge. At one point, he had “former CEO of Dogecoin” on his Twitter bio.
The CEO of Tesla has, however, spoken to MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor on large bitcoin buying transactions, after Saylor told him to do his shareholders a #$100 billion favor” and convert Tesla’s balance sheet from USD to BTC. MicroStrategy has invested over $1 billion in BTC.
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