“I’m tweeting Hal […] to avoid having his account purged by Elon,” said Fran.

It is unclear if Fran Finney’s intervention could save the crypto pioneer’s social media presence. Amid Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter that was completed in October, he has claimed that he supports free speech as “the cornerstone of a functioning democracy.”

However, under Musk’s leadership, the social media platform on December 15 purged a number of accounts controlled by prominent journalists at organizations including CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Accounts tracking Musk’s private travel movements as well as promoting social networking platform Mastodon – which attracted many Twitter users after the billionaire’s takeover – have also been suspended. The Twitter CEO claimed the former person “extracted my exact location in real time.”

Musk’s net worth was more than $300 billion in October 2021 before the Twitter acquisition. Around the same time, Tesla’s stock price hit an all-time high of $407.36 in November 2021. The index showed that the Tesla CEO had fallen to second The richest person on the planet, with a net worth of $169 billion at the time of publication.

As CEO, Musk oversaw a number of controversial decisions at Twitter that had many in the business world questioning his acumen. He fired several senior executives, including several members of the platform’s content moderation team, and attempted to charge users for “verified” blue checkmarks – resulting in many fake accounts with a veneer of legitimacy. The social media platform has also seen a rise in tweets containing hate speech and misinformation about vaccines, putting advertisers’ revenues at risk.

Twitter users seem to be very supportive of Fran Finney’s efforts to show that the account is still active and useful to the crypto community. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also took to the platform to express his surprise at the account’s reactivation.

“There has to be a way to protect historically significant accounts,” said Twitter user 0xAphelion on Hal Finney’s account. “But you better be safe.”

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One of the most recognizable names in cryptography has been Hal Finney, who was one of the first people to respond to Satoshi’s post on the cypherpunks mailing list. He passed away from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – in 2014 at the age of 58.