Elon Musk Downplays Cryptocurrency, Says X Payments Likely By Mid-2024
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Elon Musk Downplays Cryptocurrency, Says X Payments Likely By Mid-2024

Elon Musk provided a new estimate concerning the launch of payment features on X (formerly Twitter), as reported on Dec. 22.

Musk said that X will likely introduce payment features in mid-2024. 

Musk appeared to emphasize a focus on traditional currency: he argued that money acts as a “database for resource allocation” and sufficiently serves this purpose so long as governments do not interfere with the system excessively.

He also downplayed the importance of cryptocurrency in general, stating: “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about cryptocurrency—hardly any at all.”

In recent months, X has obtained licensing in several U.S. states that will allow it to handle peer-to-peer payments and other money transfers in a manner that is similar to PayPal. 

The company obtained the most recent of those licenses in Pennsylvania in mid-December, increasing its licenses to 13 in total.

Musk has stated that X plans to offer various money features, including securities investments and the ability to handle users’ “entire financial life.” Past estimates suggested that X’s financial features would be available by the end of 2024.

See Also: The EU Has Launched An Investigation Into Elon Musk’s X Platform, But Why?

Musk Spoke To Ark Invest’s Cathie Wood

Musk made his latest statements in an X Spaces conversation with Ark Invest CEO Cathie Wood, whose firm is currently attracting attention for another reason.

Ark Invest, in partnership with 21Shares, is one of many spot Bitcoin ETF applicants. Its application is the first due to receive a decision by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), on Jan. 10, 2024. 

Its first-in-line status, combined with recent engagement with the regulator, has led many experts to believe that the SEC will approve a spot Bitcoin ETF by the Jan. 10 deadline.

The latest conversation, however, is seemingly connected to Ark’s investment in Tesla. 

Reports from MarketWatch indicate that Ark Invest purchased 111,387 shares of Musk’s Tesla on Dec. 20 and that Wood was an early investor in Tesla.

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