Tweets have been disappearing from Sam Bankman-Fried’s Twitter account — and those of ex-business partners including NFL legend Tom Brady — as the disgraced ex-boss of the FTX crypto exchange scrambles to address fallout from the platform’s collapse.
The missing tweets include both old missives from Bankman-Fried himself as well as his retweets of posts from other prominent FTX-linked figures — including Brady and Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House adviser who heads SkyBridge Capital.
One of the most notable deleted tweets was a thread from Nov. 7, when Bankman-Fried asserted that a “competitor is trying to go after us with false rumors.”
“FTX is fine. Assets are fine,” Bankman-Fried wrote. In subsequent tweets which have also disappeared, Bankman-Fried had claimed FTX doesn’t “invest client assets” and “has enough to cover all client holdings.”
Within days, FTX, its sister cryptocurrency trading house Alameda Research and more than 100 affiliates had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Earlier this week, FTX noted in court filings that it could have more than 1 million creditors.
Reuters reported at least $1 billion in FTX client funds is still missing. The report said Bankman-Fried had “secretly” moved $10 billion in FTX assets to help prop up Alameda’s risky bets — a revelation that directly contradicted the ex-CEO’s deleted claim.
Brady, an FTX investor and brand ambassador alongside his ex-wife Gisele Bündchen, deleted a slew of posts related to the platform, including a Fourth of July video for FTX in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback used a flamethrower to melt a block of ice with a cryptocurrency token inside.
“I’m around if anyone needs me for their 4th of July barbecue. Fire it up @FTX_Official,” Brady said in the now-deleted tweet.
Scaramucci appeared to have deleted the Sept. 9 tweet in which he revealed that FTX Ventures had acquired a 30% stake in his firm, SkyBridge Capital.
The hedge fund boss and former Trump administration official told CNBC that FTX’s collapse made it “the worst week in cryptocurrency history.”
The Tie, an information systems firm focused on digital assets, compiled an archive of tweets that appear to have disappeared from Bankman-Fried’s timeline since they were posted. The exact timing of those deletions is unclear.
“Due to the recent bankruptcy, and growing concern around his account activity, we’ve decided to release the list of 118 tracked tweets that have since been deleted after posting,” The Tie tweeted Monday, while noting the list was not exhaustive.
The firm noted that Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison — a prominent figure in FTX’s collapse — has not yet deleted any tweets.
Scrutiny of Bankman-Fried’s Twitter account intensified after he posted a series of cryptic, one-word tweets spelling out the words “what happened,” followed by more unverified details with his view on FTX’s current situation.
The strange Twitter thread sparked some chatter online alleging Bankman-Fried was attempting to hide a reduction in his tally of tweets.
The Post has reached out to representatives for Bankman-Fried, Brady and Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital for comment.
Meanwhile, Bankman-Fried has continued to insist that he and other FTX executives are doing all they can to make customers whole.
“My goal — my one goal — is to do right by customers. I’m contributing what I can to doing so. I’m meeting in-person with regulators and working with the teams to do what we can for customers. And after that, investors. But first, customers,” Bankman-Fried said Tuesday.