Cybersecurity developer-turned-crypto-troll John McAfee is making news once again, and this time he is focusing his attention on HitBTC, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.
McAfee started his struggle on HitBTC last week, when, without any definite provocation, he requested for refuse on the Hong Kong-based exchange, which has over $270 million in daily trading volume.
“The crypto exchanges have become the thing that we have originally fought against. Their power is immense. HitBTC, for example, has increased suffering for millions of poor people who cannot afford the minimum buy-in since it is greater than their monthly income,” he tweeted. “Boycott them.”
From the look of things, McAfee seems to be discussing the withdrawal fees that HitBTC, along with all other exchanges, charge when customers withdraw assets from the platform, though his tweets are quite unclear regarding the exact nature of his criticism.
The agitator, who states to have previously been the victim of an unsuccessful assassination attempt, carried on with his verbal challenge throughout the weekend, promising to be HitBTC’s “worst enemy” until the firm takes unnamed actions to handle the vague issue.
On Saturday, HitBTC released an official response to McAfee, applauding him, possibly audaciously, for taking the “discourse to another level” and clearing up the company’s policy on calculating withdrawal fees. The exchange went on to ask him to carry his advice on how to use an “algorithmic solution” that will make its withdrawal charges less subject to the price instability of the associated assets.
“Thank you for being the voice of the crypto community! the note concluded. “We share your values!”
Form the look of things, McAfee was not in favor, as seen by his reply:
“Your algorithm killed an unknown number of people. You tell me what algorithm recompenses these deaths. You have unjustly subjected Docademic [sic]. Tell me, sir, what do you owe to them? Docademic deserves your highest priority to make things just for your past offenses.”
Even though it is likely that McAfee is genuinely worried about the situation of HitBTC’s less-fortunate customer, the case seems to be a dramatic plan to plug Docademic, an ICO token mentioned throughout his tweetstorm.
Regardless of the fact that he said he will cease from promoting ICOs as a result of pressure from U.S. regulators, McAfee has been challenging this token on his Twitter account for several weeks, even stating that it might reach $10 per unit by next year, an increase from its present value of $0.25. It is uncertain whether Docademic is paying McAfee for these tweets, yet he has stated on Twitter that he has invested in the project’s token.