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Bitcoin Price Crashes amid Perceived Network Disagreement over Block Size


The Bitcoin Price flash crashed from ~$250 to ~$163 on Bitcoin exchange BitFinex around 5:00 PM Pacific Time on 8/18/15. The drop in the USD/BTC trading pair was quickly mirrored on other Bitcoin exchanges. The Bitcoin price has since recovered to the $210-225 range, but is still subject to heavy volatility on all exchanges. It is worth remembering that in previous Bitcoin market moves, the dreaded ending of large and red leveraged bets have often led to nearly-identical price drops led by Bitfinex.

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Bitcoin Price Drops Amid Bitcoin Block Size “Dispute”

Coinbase Flash CrashTo grossly simplify the situation, the Bitcoin community has recently been in perceived turmoil over a potential fork in 2016. The keywords here, once again, are “perceived” and “2016.” Bitcoin, and I refer to the network when I say that, will eventually decide between BitcoinXT, BIP100, doing something else, or doing nothing. Unfortunately, many of the commentators in the most public kivas of Bitcoin discussion, such as the Bitcoin subreddit (which has faced increasing backlash for blatant censorship of legitimate topics and viewpoints). The Bitcoin community itself is starting to move to places such as /v/bitcoin or zapchain. Meanwhile, the call for decentralized solutions to centralized communication remain strong, highlighting the fact that Bitcoin technology and the blockchain is much more than just the Bitcoin Price. The Bitcoin network is meant to be in consensus, and to reach consensus in a decentralized manner. If Bitcoin XT succeeds, it will be by said mechanism only: Making it a legitimate continuation of the Bitcoin blockchain.

Someone Might Be Intentionally Crashing the Bitcoin Price

It seems that bad mainstream media coverage of the Bitcoin block size dispute and the potential future fork have had an effect on some deep pockets. Among the community chatter, this hypothesis keeps coming up. In fact, in the past, when there has been public disagreement about the future of Bitcoin, such precipitous and expedited Bitcoin price crashes have happened before. As for the question of when the Bitcoin price will rise back to its previous highs of last week, or yester-year: I’ll leave that augury to prediction markets and skilled technical analysis experts, which I most certainly am not.


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Caleb Chen

  • Robert Boxer

    Yes that was an epic drop..just EPIC. Some people made some huge profits today..not me, because I am crappy trader, but many people cleaned up.

  • Once again Bitfinex dumping and moving the price, they are killing it on all the traders with their leveraged BTC positions. They must have made some really nice money there.
    Bitfinex trigger margin calls at arguably suspicious times….some weird coincidences happen there with the price and margin calls…..just saying.

  • Jacob Eliosoff

    My theory is this drop wasn’t related to block size/XT, just Bitfinex closing out the BTC holdings of New York residents, as they warned they’d do at (Note 5 pm PST is midnight GMT.) Haven’t checked this though.

  • RJF

    Agreed. More research is needed before an article like this gets posted.

  • JJ

    Crash the bitcoin so I can buy it cheap again!