1.) Former DEA Agent Agrees to Return 665,950 BTC Stolen From Mt. Gox
In a reddit.com/r/Bitcoin post, user jstolfi started the day off with a post titled “In a plea bargain, former DEA agent agrees to return 665,950 BTC stolen from MtGOX in 2013.” The only link in the post was to the April Fools’ Day Wikipedia entry. This used recent news to it’s advantage, further garnering initial trust in the post’s claim.
2.) The Price of Bitcoin Is About to Get a Little Government Help
Posted under the Money Morning section of the Nasdaq website, the article claims, “The price of Bitcoin stands to get a boost this year from an unlikely source – state and local governments.” The prank is fully exposed in the fourth paragraph with the statement, “New York Councilman Mark Levine, the bill’s sponsor there, said he saw accepting Bitcoin as a way to save Gotham a lot of money.” Gotham is the fictional city Batman protected, adding to the article’s fiction.
3.) “Greece Will Adopt the Bitcoin If Eurogroup Doesn’t Give Us a Deal”
According to the Greek Reporter, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said these words in a secret meeting with top-level finance officials. The article claimed all Greeks would use a computerized card for day to day transactions. Initially posted without a disclaimer, this article was believable enough to be posted by other cryptocurrency news sites. Greece is working on contingency plans in the case of Eurogroup negotiations failing, but it doesn’t appear Bitcoin is one of them.
4.) ShapeShift Exchange Integrates Winklecoin
In a light-hearted prank, the ShapeShift exchange added a fake altcoin as the site‘s default coin. The coin is developed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, or the “Winklevii” as ShapeShift joked. ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees used his strong economics background to explain, “We were very excited to integrate Winklecoin because I appreciate the innovation of only being able to purchase or transfer the coin in multiples of two. This feature doubles the market price of every Winklecoin because economics.”
5.) Bitcoin CEO Officially Bans China
In 2014, CoinDesk reported that the Bitcoin CEO, Chinese exchanges, and Satoshi unanimously agreed to preemptively “ban China” from Bitcoin. This arrived at a time when the People’s Bank of China was attempting to make Bitcoin inaccessible to mainland Chinese citizens. The satirical article includes commentary from “CEO of the Internet Kal-El Al-Gore,” and Apple CEO Tim Cook.