Elon Musk announces suspension of Bitcoin Tesla purchases
The value of Bitcoin slumped from a high of $39,471 on Thursday to just $36,600 in early trading on Friday – a drop of 7.37 percent. Progress has been slow throughout the day, with the price only edging up slightly to $36,670.81. But the value suddenly nosedived again to $35,814.27 at 1.14pm before staging a fightback to hit $36,613.11 at 1.44pm. Bitcoin’s price has suffered a dramatic fall over the past six weeks, plunging by a massive 42 percent since hitting a record high of $63,300 on April 16.
Meanwhile, Ethereum fell 8.4 percent from $2,888 to $2,644 before dropping further to $2,625.63 at midday and rising again to $2,641.94 just before 2pm..
Dogecoin plunged by a massive 13.9 percent from $0.43 to $0.37 before dipping again to $0.36 by midday.
However, the massive fall in the price of the cryptocurrencies was accompanied by a strange Tweet from Tesla boss Mr Musk, who appeared to mock Bitcoin’s recent struggles.
The tech billionaire has been extremely vocal on social media about the use and future of cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin’s price plummeted overnight following a bizarre tweet from Elon Musk
Elon Musk posted a meme referencing a song from US rock band Linkin Park
But his tweets and comments regularly trigger significant upward or downward movements in the volatile market.
In February, the price of Bitcoin surged to an all-time high after he tweeted Tesla would begin accepting payments of the digital currency for sales of their electric cars.
Bitcoin’s price jumped by a fifth (20 percent )after Tesla said it had made a $1.5billion investment.
The firm added it would eventually accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars.
The Tesla boss followed this up with a comic book-style meme
This resulted in Bitcoin’s largest daily increase in more than three years, climbing to more than $48,000.
Mr Musk briefly became the world’s richest person as shares of Tesla surged nearly 500 percent, with the firm also surging to fifth position in the ranking for the most valuable companies in the US.
But on May 17, Bitcoin’s price plunged to its lowest since February after the Tesla boss hinted the electric carmaker may sell its cryptocurrency holdings.
Bitcoin’s value slumped by almost 10 percent to below $45,000 after trading as high as $50,000 just a few days earlier.
The second part of the comic book-style meme posted by Elon Musk
The final part of the comic book-style meme shows the price of Bitcoin crashing on a laptop screen
The previous weekend, Mr Musk suggested the firm was considering selling or may have already sold some of its holdings in the cryptocurrency.
Bitcoin’s price drop was triggered by a tweet sent to the Tesla boss, which said: “Bitcoiners are going to slap themselves next quarter when they find out Tesla dumped the rest of their Bitcoin holdings.
“With the amount of hate [Elon Musk] is getting, I wouldn’t blame him.”
Mr Musk simply replied: “Indeed.”
He later followed up that Tweet following the panic he had caused, and frankly wrote: “To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin.”
That latest blow for Bitcoin came a week after the Tesla chief executive said the company had stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cars because of fears over its carbon emissions.
He announced the carmaker had stopped vehicle purchases with the cryptocurrency because of “rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining”.
The Tesla boss tweeted: “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”
Bitcoin’s price had skyrocketed to a record high of over $63,300 on April 16 having started the year on $29,300 following a strong finish to 2020.
But it has sliced in half since those record highs just six weeks ago, plummeting to just $33,600 last weekend.
Last month, Bitcoin suffered a huge hammer blow after the Chinese Government – home to the world’s second-largest economy – banned the use of the cryptocurrency as a form of payment.