Tweets are disappearing from Sam Bankman-Fried’s Twitter account – and those of former business associates including NFL legend Tom Brady – as the disgraced former head of cryptocurrency exchange FTX scrambles to address the consequences of the collapse of the platform.
The missing tweets include both old missives from Bankman-Fried himself, as well as his retweets of posts from other top FTX-connected figures, including Brady and Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House adviser who heads SkyBridge Capital.
One of the more notable deleted tweets was a Nov. 7 thread in which Bankman-Fried claimed that a “competitor is trying to come after us with false rumours.”
“FTX is fine. Assets are fine,” Bankman-Fried wrote. In subsequent tweets, which also disappeared, Bankman-Fried had claimed FTX does not “invest clients’ assets” and “has enough to cover all client holdings”.
Within days, FTX, its sister cryptocurrency trading house Alameda Research and more than 100 affiliates had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Earlier this week, FTX said in court that it may have more than 1 million of creditors.
Reuters reported that at least $1 billion of FTX client funds are still missing. The report claimed that Bankman-Fried had “secretly” moved $10 billion of FTX assets to help shore up Alameda’s risky bets, a revelation that directly contradicted the former CEO’s deleted claim.
Brady, an investor in FTX and brand ambassador along with his ex-wife Gisele Bündchen, deleted a number of posts related to the platform, including a July 4th video for FTX in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback used a flamethrower to melt a block of ice with a cryptocurrency token inside.
“I’m around if anyone needs me for their 4th of July barbecue. Turn it on @FTX_Official,” Brady said in the now-deleted tweet.
Scaramucci appears to have deleted a Sept. 9 tweet in which he revealed that FTX Ventures had acquired a 30% stake in his company, SkyBridge Capital.
The hedge fund chief and former Trump administration official told CNBC that FTX’s crash made it “the worst week in cryptocurrency history.”
The Tie, an information systems company focused on digital assets, has compiled an archive of tweets that appear to have disappeared from Bankman-Fried’s history since they were posted. The exact timing of those deletions is unclear.
“Due to the recent bankruptcy and growing concern about his account activity, we have decided to publish the list of 118 tracked tweets that have since been deleted after posting,” The Tie tweeted on Mondaywhile noting that the list was not exhaustive.
The firm noted that Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, a leading figure in the collapse of FTX, has yet to delete any tweets.
The scrutiny of Bankman-Fried’s Twitter account escalated after he posted a series of cryptic one-word tweets explaining the words “what happened,” followed by other unverified details with his take on the current situation of FTP extension.
The strange Twitter thread sparked some online chatter that Bankman-Fried was attempting to do so hide a reduction in his tweet count.
The Post reached out to SkyBridge Capital representatives Bankman-Fried, Brady and Scaramucci for comment.
Meanwhile, Bankman-Fried continued to insist that he and other FTX executives are doing everything they can to make clients complete.
“My goal, my only goal, is to do good for customers. I am contributing as I can to do so. I meet with regulators face-to-face and work with teams to go the extra mile for clients. And then, the investors. But first, customers” Bankman-Fried said Tuesday.