Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has hired Tina Bhatnagar, a former Twitter vice president of operations and user services known for her role in the censoring of conservatives, as its new vice president of operations and technology.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong described Bhatnagar as “assertive enough to take control, while patient and empathetic to our customers’ plights” when he announced her hiring.
At Twitter, Bhatnagar pushed for the suspension of popular conservative accounts, including GotNews Editor-in-Chief Charles C. Johnson. “We perma suspended Chuck Johnson even though it wasn’t direct violent threats. It was just a call that the policy team made,” Bhatnagar wrote in a January 16th, 2016 email recently leaked to BuzzFeed, while urging the social media giant to do the same for then-Breitbart Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Twitter eventually suspended Yiannopoulos later that year.
At Coinbase, Bhatnagar will have substantial power. “Tina will lead all operational teams related to Coinbase and GDAX customers,” Armstrong wrote. “She will ensure we meet our commitments to double the size of our support team over the next three months and expand 24/7 phone support to all customers by Q2 2018.”
“She understands not only how to rapidly scale operations and customer support teams to meet the demands of unprecedented growth, but also how to manage sensitive account and customer information,” Armstrong added.
It remains unclear whether Bhatnagar will have any power at Coinbase to terminate and/or suspend individual accounts, like she did at Twitter. Regardless, her hiring is a chilling development at a company that recently made headlines for suspected insider trading last month.
Stay tuned for more.
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