Twitter’s Dogecoin logo and Elon Musk’s 258 billion dollar class action

First, Musk participated in the Super Bowl wearing a Dogecoin t-shirt (and sitting next to media mogul Rupert Murdoch). Then, just a couple of days later, we had the February Twitter post where he posted a photo of the ‘new CEO of Twitter’, who was his Shiba Inu dog,

Needless to say, the price of Dogecoin increased in response to these two small back-t0-back stunts, gaining about 11% in a couple of days.

The reason? Well, the cynic would be tempted to argue that Dogecoin owners and investors are so hungry for any news of genuine adoption that they will go crazy in response to even the slightest mention of Musk
‘s meme token.

On the other hand, a more charitable reading is that the above references to Dogecoin are equivalent to Musk reaffirming that, sooner or later, he will integrate DOGE payments into Twitter in one form or another.

This possibility has been the order of the day since Musk offered to buy the social media company in April 2022, with the owner of Tesla suggesting at the time that it could introduce “an option to pay [for Twitter Blue subscriptions] in DOGE.” It recently returned to the limelight following a report by the Financial Times, which at the end of January revealed that Musk was urging Twitter to carry out its plans to bring digital payments to
its network.

This has also helped to increase the price of Dogecoin, even if the insiders quoted by the Financial Times have not made explicit mention of the DOGE, and even though they have stated that digital payments on Twitter will initially only involve fiat currencies. However, the appearance of the report reinforced hopes that Twitter would eventually use DOGE, and it seems that those hopes flared up once again when the social network
changed its logo this week.

As a result of this logo change, Dogecoin also briefly launched Cardano as the eighth largest cryptocurrency on the market (by market capitalization), although it has since returned to ninth place in the ranking. However, it’s still up 30% in a week at the time of writing this article, and it’s been trending widely on Twitter

Burying a class action

Once again, it could be argued that it is an extremely sad indictment against Dogecoin that all Elon Musk has to do to increase its price is produce some inane memes related to the Doge, with investors lapping at it for some bizarre reason. However, what is interesting about this last episode is its timing, given that the logo change occurred on the same day that the news of Musk’s filing to have the aforementioned class action rejected broke

In fact, several observers have stated that the change was implemented in order to divert attention from the cause, as searches for ‘Musk’ and ‘Dogecoin’ would probably have returned pages related to the change of logo (rather than the cause).

If this is true, then Musk’s diversion attempts were only half successful. While searches for the terms above mainly produce results related to the Twitter logo, there are still some related to the $258 billion lawsuit. That said, it seems like more people online are talking about the logo, so Musk might still be happy with his latest tricks.

As for the lawsuit, Musk’s lawyers filed for the dismissal of the case, based on the lack of evidence. They referred to the case statements as an “imaginative work of fiction,” adding that there is “nothing illegal in tweeting words of support or funny images about a legitimate cryptocurrency that continues to hold a
market capitalization of almost $10 billion.”

The case remains at a very early stage, so it would be difficult — if not foolish — to discuss where it might end up. Suffice it to say that Elon Musk’s shares and tweets in the last two years have undoubtedly increased the price of Dogecoin, which has also seen an 87% drop from the all-time high of $0.731578 set in May 2021 (roughly around the time when Musk appeared on Saturday Night Live). It’s also extremely unlikely that Musk isn’t aware of the fact that DOGE increases in price on almost every occasion he mentions it

The case notes that Musk “has been tweeting about Dogecoin since at least April 2, 2019, when he shared a satirical article by The Onion on the volatility of Bitcoin’s prices and added: ‘The value of Dogecoin may variate’. Musk continued: “Dogecoin could be my favorite cryptocurrency. It’s really amazing.”

Since it published the above tweet, DOGE has increased in price by about 3,266% and even by 25,000% (in terms of the all-time high of May 2021). It is questionable that all of this is due to the cheering of Musk, who has acknowledged that he holds DOGE (and that Tesla
owns a few).

Ultimately, Dogecoin remains a meme token with little utility compared to other cryptocurrencies. At the moment, its owners are pinning their hopes entirely on the unconfirmed possibility that Twitter will eventually introduce DOGE-based payments. This is far from a certainty, but what is certain is that investing in the currency remains a risky activity and that investors with a low risk tolerance may prefer to look towards more useful cryptocurrencies with a better chance of approval
than an unreliable billionaire.

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