Moving as unpredictably as the crypto market, one can never foresee what Elon Musk will do next. This time, his revamped Twitter, X, has obtained a license to operate cryptocurrency wallet services across several US states.
Confirmed by the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS), the approval comes after X applied for money transmitter licenses last month, and falls under Musk's vision of transforming X into more of a financial app.
Telegram made a similar move recently by implementing Bitcoin and USDT payments, whilst Coinbase wallet introduced encrypted decentralized messaging.
Likewise, X. As peer-to-peer payment technology, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) are known for being open, permissionless, and borderless payment systems. They’re also a point of casual interest for Elon Musk, who occasionally remarks about the industry and playfully tweets about his favorite cryptocurrency, Dogecoin (DOGE), on his platform.
But as always, Musk's new endeavour comes with added controversy. Whilst Musk has been known for his support of Dogecoin, his involvement appears to be much deeper than we thought.
A report by WSJ revealed that Musk and his brother Kimbal had dreamt up a social media platform that would allow people to send money to each other through the blockchain.
“A blockchain social media system that does both payments and short text messages like Twitter,” Elon said to his brother. According to the report, which takes information from an upcoming biography on the world's richest man, he then mentioned that “it could have a payment system using Dogecoin, the semi-serious cryptocurrency whose development he had been quietly funding.”
Musk has ruled out creating a token for his social media platform but it seems very likely that Doge will eventually be implemented on X, ultimately fulfilling his vision.
In 2021, Musk's vocal support of Doge sent the memecoin skyrocketing 26,000%.
If X was to incorporate Doge into the social media platform, the memecoin would likely see a resurgence once again.
In Elon we trust.
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