“The Face Behind Bitcoin”: The Internet Responds

Similar to Hiromi, I also chose Bitcoin this week.

Last week, this Newsweek article by Leah McGrath Goodman on the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the secretive creator of Bitcoin generated massive attention. I decided to curate the Internet’s response to the article.

Along with its focus on Bitcoin’s creator, the article was notable in that it was the cover story of Newsweek, which returned to print for the first time in 14 months.

1. Newsweek Posts Article

2. Bitcoin’s Lead Developer Tweets

3. Reddit’s r/bitcoin responds


Bitcoin enthusiasts on Reddit generally express skepticism at the article and are upset that Satoshi Nakamoto was “doxed.” Some anger is directed at Goodman, the author of the Newsweek article.


4. Goodman interviewed by IBTimes


5. Man Denies He’s Bitcoin Founder


6. The “Real” Satoshi Nakamoto Responds

In a Bitcoin forum where the Bitcoin founder has been active in the past, the following is posted: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto”

Link to Forum

7. NewsGenius Annotation of Newsweek Article Created

NewsGenius Annotation

The annotation argues that the evidence in the article in support of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity is “extraordinarily thin.” Interestingly, the main annotators are Balaji Srinivasan and Marc Andreessen, two general partners of the well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

1 thought on ““The Face Behind Bitcoin”: The Internet Responds

  1. William – nice work. I like that you chose a finite list of media to highlight for us in what was a widely reported story this week. I also like the focus on personal testimony from the reporter and her subject and the Internet response forums like reddit and the rapgenius annotation.

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