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Elon Musk Calls Dogecoin “People’s Crypto,” Rejects Shiba Inu

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Mon, 10/25/2021 - 05:52
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Elon Musk said that Dogecoin felt like “people’s crypto” to him after exerting selling pressure on Shiba Inu with just one word
Elon Musk Calls Dogecoin “People’s Crypto,” Rejects Shiba Inu
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In a recent tweet, centibillionaire Elon Musk spoke about his support for Dogecoin, describing it as “people’s crypto.”

Musk explains that he views the meme coin this way because a lot of people who work for Tesla and SpaceX happen to own it:

They aren’t financial experts or Silicon Valley technologists. That’s why I decided to support Doge – it felt like the people’s crypto.

In early May, when Dogecoin was on the cusp of hitting its current all-time high of $0.73, Musk agreed that the joke cryptocurrency was his “private stimulus” for people affected by the crisis.

Recently, he once again stressed the importance of scaling Dogecoin so that it will eliminate the need for layer-2 solutions of the likes of the Lightning Network:

Bitcoin was conceived at a time of relatively low bandwidth & high latency. If both continue to improve substantially, we will reach a point when no second layer is needed.    

Yet, the businessman’s recent attempts to boost Dogecoin have failed since the canine coin is still 63% away from its lifetime peak.

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Riling up the “SHIB Army”  

Shiba Inu rallied to new highs on Oct. 24, stealing Dogecoin’s thunder due to immense retail interest. The second-biggest canine managed to surpass Ether by trading volume, becoming the third most traded cryptocurrency.     

However, Musk managed to put a stop to the monstrous rally with just one tweet. When a member of the “SHIB Army” asked the business magnate how many Shiba Inu tokens he owns, he succinctly tweeted, “None.”

The somewhat curt reply sent the price of the Shiba Inu cryptocurrency tumbling 14%, infuriating the community. The price of the “Dogecoin killer” has now recovered back above the $0.00004 price level, quickly shrugging off Musk’s snub.

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“Don’t bet the farm on crypto”

Musk also urged crypto holders not to bet all of their money on crypto, claiming that the true value is in creating products.

He claims that he had bought Bitcoin, Ether and Dogecoin “out of curiosity,” downplaying the importance of his investment.

As reported by U.Today, both Tesla and SpaceX also hold the largest cryptocurrency on their balance sheets.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.