Craig Steven Wright was back in the news recently after he sent legal threats to various Bitcoin users, such as the pseudonymous Twitter user Hodlonaut and Blockstream CEO Adam Back, for negative public comments they’ve made about Wright in the past. In retaliation, some exchanges, most notably Binance, announced plans to remove Bitcoin SV (BSV), which is effectively powered by the Wright-affiliated blockchain technology company nChain and Calvin Ayre’s CoinGeek.
For those who are unaware, Wright burst onto the Bitcoin scene in 2016 when he claimed he is the man (or at least one of the individuals) behind the Satoshi Nakamoto name (the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin). Former Bitcoin Core Lead Maintainer Gavin Andresen and former Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director backed Wright during his“big reveal, but Wright was never able to provide any sort of concrete connection between himself and the Satoshi moniker.
In fact, Wright has made a large number of claims that have been called out as misleading, untrue, or outright fraudulent by various computer technology experts. The list of individuals who have disputed Wright’s claims include longtime Bitcoin Core contributor and former Blockstream CTO Greg Maxwell, Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Lightning Network white paper co-author Joseph Poon, longtime Bitcoin Core contributor and Ciphrex CEO Eric Lombrozo, Wikileaks, and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (among many others).
Charles Sturt University (Wright’s alma mater) even had to clarify to Forbes in 2015 that, contrary to Wright’s claims, he never received a PhD from the university.
A comprehensive list of evidence against Wright’s various characterizations of himself can be found at StopCraigWright.com.
So, what should the Bitcoin community do about all this nonsense?
Attention is Wright’s Fuel
The key thing to realize here is all publicity is good publicity for Craig Wright. Every tweet, YouTube video, and article (yes, even this one) acts as an advertisement to join Wright’s cult of personality. It may seem like bringing the long list of false claims made by Wright to light would be beneficial for everyone, but things haven’t exactly worked out that way.
Even the recent legal threats from Wright and the delisting of BSV on Binance and other exchanges had the positive benefit of bringing more attention to both Wright and BSV, at least according to Google Trends data. Searches for BSV and Bitcoin SV were even more numerous after this recent incident than they were when the new altcoin first split off from Bitcoin Cash (BCH) back in November of last year.
The point is Wright never has to prove he’s Satoshi. He simply needs to put the possibility into people’s heads and let them come to their own misguided conclusions. This is why any attention — good or bad — is the source of Wright’s power.
Remove Wright’s Lifeline
If shedding light on Wright’s activities is the lifeline of his shenanigans, then darkness should be his kryptonite.
Of course, this is somewhat difficult. After news spread of the legal threats sent to Hodlonaut, many in the Bitcoin community wanted to come to the pseudonymous Twitter user’s aid, whether it be through shows of moral support on Twitter, pro bono legal assistance, or over $30,000 worth of donations.
With this amazing show of support from the Bitcoin community, there was also the side effect of more people finding out about BSV and Craig Wright.
Instead of shouting down Wright, perhaps the correct course of action is to ignore his attempts to gain publicity. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with helping Hodlonaut, What Bitcoin Did Host Peter McCormack, and others who have been targeted by Wright, but perhaps the updates on what’s happening with those situations should be kept to a minimum.
The situation is not dissimilar from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for President of the United States where the mainstream media turned their networks into 24/7 Trump coverage. The non-stop attention paid to everything Trump had to say didn’t seem to hurt his cause, and some individuals in the media are taking time for self reflection before the 2020 campaign goes into full swing.
So, don’t feed into Craig Wright’s antics on social media. That’s exactly what he wants. On Twitter, for example, it may be better to stick with replies rather than retweets with comments attached to them.
If anything, you can use a simple link to StopCraigWright.com in a reply to people who seem genuinely unaware of Wright’s many false statements.