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Fran Finney, Hal Finney’s wife, activates her husband’s twitter account to protect it from being ‘purged’ by Elon Musk

Hal Finney's Wife Fran Activates Her Husband's Twitter Account to Protect It From 'Being Purged' by Elon Musk

Roughly seven days ago the owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, disclosed that the social media platform planned to purge 1.5 billion Twitter names if they were inactive or the accounts haven’t logged in for years. Bitcoiners were concerned that Hal Finney, the late computer scientist, would have his Twitter account terminated after Musk made the announcement. Finney’s wife Fran Finney appears to have taken over Hal’s Twitter account since then in the hope that Musk will not purge her account.

Fran finney has control of Hal’s twitter account — She activated it to protect the account from Elon Musk’s inactive Twitter account Purge

On Dec. 16, 2022, the bitcoin supporter Jameson Lopp tweeted an alert letting people know that Hal Finney’s Twitter account — @halfin — was now active. Lopp stated that “ALERT” was the correct answer. “Someone has taken over Hal’s twitter account. We don’t know what the intentions are of the new owner. It could be compromised. Lopp’s tweet received a response from @halfin Twitter account. This revealed why Finney was now active.

Hal Finney's Wife Fran Activates Her Husband's Twitter Account to Protect It From 'Being Purged' by Elon Musk

” This is @franfinney. I am tweeting for Hal (as @pavlenex thought) to avoid his account being purged by Elon,” Finney’s account tweeted in response to Lopp’s tweet on Friday. Fran Finney, Hal’s wife, also confirmed from her personal account that she was the one behind activating the account after it wasn’t used since 2010.

” I appreciate the way people monitor Hal’s accounts. “Thank you,” Fran Finney said to Lopp.

Elon Musk announced that Twitter would delete 1.5 billion of its inactive Twitter accounts on December 9. Following Musk’s statements, a great number of bitcoin supporters grew worried that Finney’s account would be purged and they begged him to preserve Finney’s account. Furthermore, there’s been some weird signings taking place as well as a Bitcointalk forum user named “Onesignature” signed a message associated with a block Finney had mined.

Harold Finney II was a computer scientist known for being one of the first people to use the Bitcoin software when it was released by Satoshi Nakamoto in Jan. 2009. Finney was a well known cypherpunk before Bitcoin’s inception, and Finney developed a reusable proof-of-work (PoW) scheme in 2004, before Nakamoto introduced the distributed ledger system. In March 2013, Finney posted to bitcointalk.org and told people he was paralyzed due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) complications. The computer scientist passed away in August 28, 2014, but still worked on a project called “bcflick” up until his death.

Additionally, not too long after that odd signing event, the ‘pharma bro’ and former hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli shared a signed message associated with an address linked to Finney. The message was tied to the address Hal used to receive 10 BTC from Satoshi Nakamoto and the message said: “This Transaction was made by Paul Leroux to Hal Finney on January 12, 2009 #bitcoin.”

It’s unknown if Fran Finney has been contacted directly by anyone about these strange address signings or if she knows the reason for Hal’s private keys. Greg Maxwell was told by Shkreli that he would contact the Finneys about the private keys. The controversial Shkreli, however, did not disclose how he obtained the message that used an old 2009 address with a message about Paul Le Roux.

What do you think about Fran Finney taking over her husband’s account to protect it from Elon Musk’s purge? Please comment below to let us know your thoughts on this topic.

Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman, the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News, is a Florida-based financial journalist. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. Redman is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source codes, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 6,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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