Bankman-Fried: People can say all the mean things they want about me online

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has issued a series of cryptic tweets

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A New York Times interview has revealed Bankman-Fried is “sleeping well” after his crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy protection – Photo: Shutterstock
                                

Having rocked the cryptocurrency sector and wider financial industry with the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, founder Sam Bankman-Fried took to Twitter on Monday. 

The 30-year old, who stepped down as CEO of FTX on Friday 11 November shortly before it filed for bankruptcy, issued a series of tweets over three hours that spelled “WHAT HAPPENED” with the letters that make up ‘happened’ being sent out in individual tweets.

Continuing to broadcast in capital letters, Bankman-Fried tweeted: “NOT LEGAL ADVICE.  NOT FINANCIAL ADVICE.  THIS IS ALL AS I REMEMBER IT, BUT MY MEMORY MIGHT BE FAULTY IN PARTS.”

Adding to the confusion, the former billionaire then tweeted earlier today (15 November): “Let’s talk about where we are today”, but failed to elaborate any further. 

Over the weekend, Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed that Bankman-Fried had “set off” his “bs detector” earlier this year when the two individuals discussed a possible collaboration. 

The world’s richest man later mused that as Bankman-Fried was a “major” donor to the Democratic Party there would likely be no investigation and criticised Monday’s New York Times interview with the 30-year-old as a “puff piece”. 

SBF says he is sleeping well and playing video games

In the piece in question, Bankman-Fried revealed that he was getting good sleep and playing video games.

He said: “Had I been a bit more concentrated on what I was doing, I would have been able to be more thorough. That would have allowed me to catch what was going on on the risk side.”

He added: “People can say all the mean things they want about me online. In the end, what’s going to matter to me is what I’ve done and what I can do.”

When asked to explain his cryptic tweets, Bankman-Fried admitted: “I don’t know. I’m improvising. I think it’s time.”

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