A hoax published on two websites* that the founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has caused holders of Ethereums to panic and sell their Ethers. Mind you, there had been a pre-existing sell-off prior to the fake news. The hoax articles claimed that Buterin died from a car accident, along with a friend.
Today, (Thursday, 15 June) prices for Bitcoin, Ethereum and the majority of Cryptocurrencies are nosediving. It started yesterday, actually. I tried searching for what the reason could be. So far here are potential contributors:
1. There is an announcement that some mining company is going to fork Bitcoin.
So what? They split Bitcoin, then you just choose which version you like right? It is no reason to panic now.
2. Some politicians in Europe and America want to regulate Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin is splitting between BTC and BTU. BTC is Bitcoin Core and BTU is Bitcoin Unlimited.
Why is Bitcoin splitting? Bitcoin is splitting because it is growing in use and popularity. It is considered normal that new technologies go through such growing pains. Put simply, Bitcoin is approaching a technical limit (1MB block size).This poses issues about how the system can handle more transactions. For years, the Bitcoin community had been discussing how to solve it.
Looking at the last few months, comparing the exchange rates between Bitcoin, the Australian dollar, the Euro and the US Dollar, as well as the news in India, Europe and China, there is tension visible on the trading charts.
Traders and investors seem to be jostling for positions and placing their bets. It seems optimistic to me. There's a heightened probability that Bitcoin is about to strongly push above its current price.
According to an article (link below) : "The European Central Bank (ECB) has proposed a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council stating that ‘virtual currencies do not qualify as currencies from a Union perspective,’ and wants digital currencies to be explicitly defined as not legal currencies or money... the use of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, pose a threat as terrorists and criminal groups are able to transfer money within digital currency networks with a certain level of anonymity."
Because of this, the ECB is discouraging the promotion of Bitcoin.
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