Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Tries to Pitch Bitcoin to J. K. Rowling, Fails Miserably
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong was the latest prominent member of the cryptocurrency industry who tried to pitch Bitcoin to Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling (who must have already regretted her curiosity).
However, his attempt went terribly wrong since he actually tagged a bogus Twitter account.
Welcome to crypto! Grab a @coinbase account when you're ready to use that Bitcoin (not just hold it), and get into any of the many other cryptos out there 👌— Brian Armstrong (@brian_armstrong) May 16, 2020
This egregious incompetence didn’t go unnoticed by members of the cryptocurrency community who were quick to take Armstrong to task over the sloppy tweet with the #DeleteCoinbase hashtag.
even fake accounts don’t deserve such terrible advice 😂#DeleteCoinbase pic.twitter.com/U8gelW1Jcr— Stephen Cole (@sthenc) May 16, 2020
Bitcoin bosses redefine embarrassing
Notably, the @NotLoomdart account that successfully fooled crypto Twitter by impersonating Rowling caught the attention of the writer herself.
Armstrong’s predicament seems even more ludicrous since he even tried to promote altcoins in his reply to the imposter.
Meanwhile, Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, also appeared under fire after conjuring up a sexist fish metaphor that raised quite a few eyebrows in a now-deleted tweet.
#DeleteCoinbase gets a new life
Still, the Harry Potter fiasco doesn’t come close to the level of backlash that Coinbase received after acquiring analytics firm Neutrino whose executives were part of infamous Hacking Team.
This deal sparked the original #DeleteCoinbase that was even covered by some mainstream media.
As reported by U.Today, the exchange had to part ways with those Neutrino employees who helped dictators to clamp down on dissent.