Balaji Srinivasan offered Bitcoin (BTC) worth $ 1,000 to the first Twitter user to receive the Vox Tech News website, Recode a story released in February about Silicon Valley’s “overreaction” to COVID-19.
Former CTO of Coinbase started the offer On twitter. He spoke specifically Kara Swisher, the co-founder and general editor of Recode.
Srinivasan says there will be $ 1,000 – or 0.11 BTC at the time of writing this article – to all who are able to “reply with the date and time of [Recode] Consent to correct the article “ and a publication of the correction.
Kara Swisher has not yet made a formal withdrawal due to Recode’s dangerous false report on COVID-19.
Since their business model doesn’t promote the truth, the public must.
$ 1,000 #Bitcoin Reward for the first person to get the report corrected. https://t.co/nyz2LqiU0f
– Balaji S. Srinivasan (@balajis) July 2, 2020
According to Srinivasan, the article is – with Tweets who wrote about the transmission of the virus in the stool during Chinese New Year celebrations – It was a clickbait and conveyed “wrong science”.
COVID-19 in February
The story was released on February 13 and Srinivasan addressed immediately Twitter to confirm that The article contained “a lot of statements that are wrong or leave so little context that they confuse readers”., including the fact that the risk of transmission of the virus was low in public environments and that the CDC did not recommend reducing the use of the handshake.
In the article, Reporter Shirin Ghaffary, didn’t seem to take it seriously the actions of a partner in Andreessen Horowitz who has taken precautionary measures such as not personally meet anyone who has traveled to Chinaand asked for a protective suit for dangerous substances and a respirator to protect yourself.
Until this article was written There were fewer than twenty confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United StatesThe CDC made a statement just two weeks ago confirming the first person-to-person transfer in the country, and the lockouts were only in China. It was certainly an easier time.
The origin of the tension
Recode asked for an interview with Srinivasan for the articlebut instead of answering, he was annoyed with his Embassy to its 226,000 Twitter followers on February 7th to say he was “happy if [él] think it was in good faith “but not interested.
In the months after this exchange Srinivasan continued his campaign against the media, attack Journalists who call them “sociopaths” and “miseries”. New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz claims he kept talking about her online and attacking her education, writing, career “and worse”.
The response to the reward in Bitcoin was mixed, with a lot of scared users that a big voice on Twitter used a term like “reward” to describe an action against journalists.
“Are you encouraging people to make threats or something?” User ItIsOurCorn said. Others were plus Direct:
“Which psychopath sits there and offers random strangers (potentially violent or mentally ill) a reward for literally harassing people? How can you consider yourself ethical?”
Some agreed that the original article had its flaws, but a reward was not the solution. “Agree that you have to apologize and withdraw for this article,” wrote Crypto_JoeRogan. “But it may not be the best way to do it.”