Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, recently filed a series of documents with the U.S. Treasury Department to turn the social network into a payment processor, which would accept cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin (BTC) and dogecoin (DOGE).
Musk wants with this proposal to reverse the drop in advertising revenue that Twitter suffered during the former administration, according to The New York Times.
In turn, the billionaire filed this application for registration with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the United States.
If Elon Musk wishes, for example, to engage in cryptocurrency trading, wire transfers, currency exchanges or cash checks, he must first register with FinCEN.
This federal office is responsible for combating illicit finance in the US country.
Bitcoin tips on Twitter
Currently, the social network Twitter allows its users to receive bitcoin tips through a Strike application programming interface (API).
This API uses micropayment channels of bitcoin’s layer two Lightning network to perform an off-chain transaction.
Then, multiple transactions are grouped together and sent to the main chain. Followers can tip creators using cash.
That was the technological limit so far on Twitter. However, it is unclear who will provide the technology for the platform’s payments.
Elon Musk could turn to a former online bank he helped found. In June 2022, PayPal launched a service that allows customers in the United States, to buy and sell bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash.
Dogecoin and Twitter
Elon Musk always left open the possibility that Twitter could process payments with DOGE to combat spams on the platform.
A document revealed that Musk had considered turning Twitter into a blockchain-based service, charging DOGE to combat bots on the social network.
“My Plan B is a blockchain-primarily based version of Twitter, where ‘tweets’ are incorporated into the comment transaction. So users would have to pay 0.1 DOGE per comment or retweet that comment,” Elon Musk said during a conversation with executive Steve Davis.
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In the end, Musk abandoned this plan as unworkable. We can only wait and see if the Twitter CEO integrates DOGE into the new payment mechanisms of the renewed social network.
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