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Notes on Twitter could show that Hal Finney is not Satoshi Nakamoto

May 29, 2020

A tweet from 2010 can prove that Hal Finney is not Satoshi Nakamoto.

In a recent Cointelegrpah interview Laszlo Hanyecz, who worked closely with Satoshi Nakamoto in 2010, said Satoshi was not familiar with the Mac ecosystem.::

“He didn’t have a Macintosh, he didn’t know how to program for Mac.”

As a result Satoshi asked him to develop a MacOS version of Bitcoin, which he eventually did.

Finney and his wife both had a Mac in 2010

Notes on Twitter could show that Hal Finney is not Satoshi NakamotoNotes on Twitter could show that Hal Finney is not Satoshi Nakamoto

However, a tweet from Hal Finney in 2010 tells us that both Finney and his wife had a Mac.::

Hal Finney Tweet on June 8, 2010, source: Twitter.

While this is not undeniable evidence, it does influence the theory that Hal Finney Satoshi or part of a team was behind the pseudonym.However, there are ways to explain this inconsistency.

If there are multiple people behind the creation of Bitcoin (BTC), It is possible that Hanyecz was only communicating with one of several people, the person who was currently monitoring the development of Bitcoin might not have a MacAnother possible explanation is that due to its limited market share, Satoshi did not believe that the development of the Mac ecosystem was of the utmost importance. You may have decided to delegate this task to Hanyecz so that you can focus on more important tasks.

These theories seem to come up short if we take that into account Hanyecz describes Satoshi as someone who was very controlling and almost paranoid, so it is unlikely that he would delegate Bitcoin for Mac development to a stranger if Hal Finney were on the team., an experienced developer who could probably do the job himself.

Bitcoin Original Tweet

Hal Finney’s famous tweet about Bitcoin mining doesn’t make sense in this context either.

Hal Finney’s tweet on January 10, 2009, the first known tweet mentioning Bitcoin. Source:Twitter.

Satoshi’s writings confirm that the author took great care not to disclose personal information about himself.Or would the same person or team member make a public statement about Bitcoin execution? Finney also had years to remove these tweets, but he never did.

While this doesn’t help solve the mystery surrounding Satoshi’s identity, it does allow us to eliminate one of the most popular candidates in the community.

Cointelegraph news editor Jeffrey Albus contributed to this article.