John McAfee, the founder of the software company McAfee Associates, is now selling his tweet for $105,000. McAfee announced the launch of his McAfee Crypto Team – a group focused on monetizing his 810,00 followers by offering “cryptocurrency promotional services”. The British-American businessman and computer programmer is willing to post, promote or – in the words of Reddit user “quaidbrown” – ‘shill’ any cryptocurrency, ICO or blockchain project.
McAfee’s previous tweets have seen him post about little known cryptocurrencies which later garnered short term gains. In December 2017, McAfee’s tweet about SAFEX saw its sales spike 92% a mere hours after posting. His promotion of BURST saw it gain 350%. As additional proof of McAfee’s social media influence, the McAfee Crypto Team website showed a poll participated in by McAfee’s followers which revealed that 737,000 of them buy or sell crypto at least once per month. It also highlighted the fact that his tweets are reported in the news. McAffe recently made headlines when he posted on his Twtter account his choices of “Coin of the day” and “Coin of the week”. But Reddit user “cryptoinvester” now believes these were actually “sponsored content” which McAfee did not disclose. “cryptoinvester” also added, “Dude deserves jail time”. It is not known if McAfee’s team will identify or filter out fake ICOs or scams prior to them promoting it.
McAfee himself admitted that his promotional efforts are merely “self-aggrandizing and ego stroking”. The site’s managing director is his wife, Janice, while he serves as its CEO. Besides tweets promoting crypto, McAfee’s Crypto Team also offers the following services: strategic analysis, website optimization, and white paper redesign.
Still, numerous Reddit users are not impressed. User “zxcv154361” highlighted McAfee’s self-professed incompetence at a skill he supposedly should be good at when the Reddit user pasted an excerpt of a 2013 interview of McAfee declaring, “In truth I was a terrible programmer. At all the companies I worked at I did everything within my power to avoid coding tasks.. If I had been responsible for even a tiny amount of code I fear we would never have gotten off the ground. ” To compensate for his incompetence, McAfee admitted to knowing who were good programmers and so hired the “best”.
Reddit commenter “KinterVonHurin” attempted to burst McAfee’s bubble by declaring that people merely “assume ‘he knows what he’s talking about’” on the basis of the “antivirus company (he) made decades ago.” Another user “tastypic” describes McAfee’s new promotional venture as “unethical”.
User “defaultrt” advises fellow Redditors to “ Never trust any bullshit John McAfee knocks outs. It’s pure pump and dump shit.” Another commenter, “coldstonesteeevieNEO” declares that McAfee’s tweets were utilized to pump digital coins causing a massive albeit unnatural increase in volume. User “coldstonesteeevieNEO” added, “They were accumulating and waiting to dump at the top.” The user added that while the SEC is busy chasing after “crypto pump groups”, “coldstonesteeevieNEO” doesn’t understand why McAfee is allowed to “run amok”.
What do you think? Do you believe McAfee deserves jail time at all?