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Here is what Elon Musk said when accused of influencing Bitcoin's price | Invezz

source-logo  invezz.com 27 April 2021 07:37, UTC

Elon Musk and his multi-billion dollar Tesla Company have come under fire lately regarding their role in Bitcoin’s rise this year. Recently, comedian Dave Portnoy accused Musk of profiting from a deliberate act of influencing the price of Bitcoin (BTC). He said Musk’s public comments in support of Bitcoin (BTC) were to cause a rise in the token, with plans to dump it when it eventually rises.

Musk says he has not sold any of his Bitcoins

However, in response to Portnoy’s accusations, Musk stated that he has not sold any of his Bitcoins. He also clarified why Tesla sold some of its Bitcoin holdings recently.

No, you do not. I have not sold any of my Bitcoin. Tesla sold 10% of its holdings essentially to prove liquidity of Bitcoin as an alternative to holding cash on balance sheet.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 26, 2021

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According to him, it was “essentially to prove liquidity of Bitcoin as an alternative to holding cash on balance sheet.”

Tesla bought more than $1 billion of Bitcoins earlier this year. But the company recently sold about 10% of the Bitcoin holdings, generating $101 million income in the process.

Tesla’s Bitcoin influence

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was trading at $54,503, after hitting an all-time high of $64,870 in mid-April. Still, the current price is seen as very high, considering that it was still below the $10,000 resistance mark by this time last year.

Apart from the influx of retail and institutional traders, the electric vehicle maker also contributed to the rise of Bitcoin when it announced the acceptance of cryptocurrency as a payment option for its car models.

Musk’s and Tesla’s interest in Bitcoin is one of the reasons why other companies started showing increased interest in the world’s most valuable cryptocurrency.

While some others are still skeptical about the token and its future viability, the company says it believes in its long-term value. Tesla has been one of the major supporters of Bitcoin, and its acceptance by the company has led to increased adoption.