Tesla CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly influenced the bitcoin price with his tweets in the recent past. In a YouTube video, he is sharply criticized for this on behalf of the hacker collective Anonymous. But what is behind this?
In a YouTube video published on June 4, 2021, an anonymous speaker threatens Tesla CEO Elon Musk and accuses him of abuse of power. “This is a message from Anonymous for Elon Musk,” says a person with a distorted voice and the movement’s signature Guy Fawkes mask.
What follows is a four-minute account of the entrepreneur – including a threat. The background to the criticism are some tweets by Musk, with which he has demonstrably influenced the prices of various cryptocurrencies. The accusation is that Musk did this deliberately, and that numerous lives were lost as a result.
Tweets from Elon Musk influence crypto price
With his announcement to allow Bitcoin as an official means of payment at Tesla, Elon Musk gave the currency a real boost. But the friends only lasted for a short time, because just a few months later, the Tesla CEO took back his promise.
Musk cited climate protection reasons and the high power consumption in the production of the currency – known as mining – as the reasons. But this approach caused astonishment in many quarters. After all, the poor carbon footprint of cryptocurrencies is a well-known problem, as is the criticism in the video.
But it was not the first time that Musk has influenced stock and crypto prices with his tweets. Whether consciously or unconsciously is a moot point for now. However, some of his posts have been shown to influence the prices of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, messenger Signal and marketplace Etsy.
Anonymous denounces abuse of power and working conditions
Many of Elon Musk’s tweets have caused prices to fluctuate and many investors to lose their investments. But the video goes even further: the anonymous speaker not only accuses Musk of calculation and narcissism, but also criticizes the allegedly poor working conditions at Tesla.
The video seems like a scene from a science fiction movie, but it corresponds to the typical Anonymous style. The distorted voice, dramatic background music and the mask have a threatening effect. At the end it says in the direction of Musk: “You may think you are the smartest person in the room, you have met your match.”
Is the Anonymous video real?
It is unclear whether the video is actually from Anonymous or whether it is an imitation. The title at least allows both interpretations: “Anonymous Message to Elon Musk”. What speaks for the video, however, is that it was shared via the Twitter account @YourAnonCentral, which is officially attributed to Anonymous.
Due to the decentralized structure of the movement, however, its authenticity cannot be definitively determined. What exactly the movement is up to or what consequences the video will have is also unclear.