Watch: Crypto falls after Musk breakup tweet
Bitcoin was down 6.2% to $36,322 at 8.20am on Friday morning in London, cutting short a brief price revival that began a day earlier.
The slump came as Musk — the most closely watched figure in the crypto space — took aim at bitcoin on Twitter. The billionaire tweeted "#Bitcoin" with a broken heart emoji and a series of meme images about break-ups, appearing to reference his recent split with bitcoin and the bitcoin community.
In February, Tesla had announced an investment of $1.5bn (£1bn) in bitcoin and said it was planning to accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars. Critics pointed out the hypocrisy of a supposedly environmentally friendly electric vehicle company accepting bitcoin, which uses a huge amount of electricity and has a large carbon footprint. Musk subsequently abandoned Tesla's payment plans, citing environmental concerns.
The loss of support has taken the air out of bitcoin's price rally. The cryptocurrency reached a record high above $63,500 in early April but has pulled back sharply since then. Musk withdrew support last month.
Bitcoin's decline has bled into the broader cryptocurrency market, which peaked in value at over $2tn earlier this year before reversing. The entire market was worth $1.63tn as of Friday, according to data provider CoinMarketCap.com. The market's value was down 7% over the last 24 hours.
Dogecoin (DOGE-USD) had rallied strongly earlier in the week after being listed on Coinbase Pro but the joke token was caught up in the wave of selling across the market. Dogecoin was down 15% to $0.36.
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