Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has “destroyed lives” through his tweets about cryptocurrency, hacker collective Anonymous has said in a video threatening the Tesla founder.
The US$151 billion (AU$195 billion) Musk has become one of the most influential voices on cryptocurrency, with his recent negative tweets sending Bitcoin down 5 per cent.
He published a tweet on Friday with the hashtag #Bitcoin and a broken heart emoji.
Musk also sent the price of Bitcoin plunging after Tesla decided against Bitcoin purchases, citing the cryptocurrency’s heavy environmental impact.
In the video posted on Saturday, the group said Musk was “another narcissistic rich dude who is desperate for attention”, but that his tweets on cryptocurrency were damaging to investors.
“Millions of retail investors were really counting on their crypto gains to improve their lives,” a figure in a Guy Fawkes style mask says in the video.
“Of course, they took the risk upon themselves when they invested, and everyone knows to be prepared for volatility in crypto, but your tweets this week show a clear disregard for the average working person.”
The group said retail investors had been hoping their cryptocurrency gains would improve their gains, and that Musk needed to stop his “temper tantrums”.
“You may think you are the smartest person in the room, but now you have met your match,” the nearly four-minute long video concluded.
“We are Anonymous! We are Legion! Expect us.”
Anonymous is a hacker group responsible for several online hacks targeting American police forces.
The video has since been viewed more than 1.9 million times.