SBF announces speaking at a conference: Crypto community outraged

Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of the FTX exchange, announced that he will be speaking at a conference in New York on November 30. However, SBF has once again captured the ire of the crypto community.

Members who are the voice of crypto Twitter have questioned why the former CEO of the newly bankrupt FTX exchange is still waving around, given the events of the past weeks.

Bankman-Fried shared another post on Twitter on November 23 and announced that he will be speaking with The New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin on a program called “next Wednesday” at the DealBook Summit.

It was confirmed by Sorkin that the SBF will be speaking. “There are many important questions that need to be asked and answered,” The New York Times reporter said.

A spokesperson for The New York Times confirmed to Cointelegraph that Bankman-Fried was invited to the DealBook Summit a few months before the FTX collapse and will likely attend the interview virtually from the Bahamas:

“We had invited Mr. Bankman-Fried months ago to speak at the DealBook Summit. We expect Mr. Bankman-Fried to participate in this interview online from the Bahamas.”

According to Gawker’s November 11 statement, Bankman-Fried was previously named “FTX CEO” on the list of speakers. However, SBF’s title was changed to “FTX Founder” on the speaker list.

SBF announces speaking at a conference: Crypto community outraged
Sam Bankman-Fried was at the top of the list of speakers at the DealBook Summit. Source: The New York Times

Crypto community backlash grows

Some members of the crypto community did not take this news well. The community stressed that the SBF should be detained rather than speak freely at conferences.

Crypto Law, a US lawyer and founder of Crypto Law firm, stressed that if the SBF does not get arrested for fraud and theft by US law enforcement when it enters ADB next week, it will be proof that the justice system is corrupt.

Layah Heilpern, a Bitcoin advocate from the British media, described it as “disturbing” that Bankman-Fried will speak at the conference instead of not being detained.

Real Bedford FC chairman and Bitcoin advocate Peter McCormack also tweeted sarcastically about Bankman-Fried receiving a Nobel Prize.

The New York Times, on the other hand, recently faced heavy criticism from the community for taking the SBF’s side. As it is known, the New York Times conducted an interview with SBF in the past weeks. In the interview, Bankman-Fried’s alleged fraud and theft charges were dismissed and daily questions were included.

Crypto Crib, on the other hand, reported in a Twitter post on November 23 that SBF was last seen dining with his mother and several others on the rooftop of their Bahamas flat.

Update November 24th at 05:30: A statement from The New York Times spokesperson has been added.

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