Less than a month after Brian Armstrong declared Coinbase should “be laser-focused on achieving its mission,” he seemingly violated his own policy by tweeting a political post riddled with misleading information that too during business hours. In an Oct. 23 tweet from Armstrong’s personal account, the Coinbase CEO posted a link to a blog written by Rob Rhinehart on Kanye West’s presidential run with the tagline “epic post.”
Coinbase CEO goes against his own “apolitical” stance.
The blog post, entitled “Why I am Voting for Kanye West,” also seemingly goes against Armstrong’s stance on expressing political views at the crypto firm. Last month, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong wrote a controversial blog post claiming Coinbase’s mission did not include advocating “for any particular causes or candidates internally that are unrelated to our mission because it is a distraction from our mission.” “We won’t debate causes or political candidates internally that are unrelated to work,” stated Armstrong at the time. He added that Coinbase employees should not “expect the company to represent our personal beliefs, externally.”
Crypto community accuses Armstrong of hypocrisy for making a political statement.
Some members of the crypto community accused the Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong of outright hypocrisy for making a political statement — at 12:12 PM PST on a business day, assuming Armstrong works similar hours to those of his employees. Josh Elman, a board member at venture capital group Greylock Partners wrote, “Calling this ‘epic’ shows very poor judgment.” “It is filled with propaganda, false claims, and nonsense,” he added. Some Twitter users even went on to say that the blog post must be a satire. Ironically, the controversy surrounding Armstrong’s recent tweet is exactly what he said he hoped to avoid by making Coinbase an “apolitical culture.”