Elon Musk's Vision of Twitter 2.0 Includes Crypto Payments
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Elon Musk's Vision of Twitter 2.0 Includes Crypto Payments

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An early leader in the creation of PayPal, the Twitter and Tesla CEO has consistently pushed a vision turning the social media platform into an 'everything app' that incorporates payments.

Elon Musk's Vision of Twitter 2.0 Includes Crypto Payments


Elon Musk is moving ahead with plans to turn Twitter into a payments app that would eventually include cryptocurrency options.

While Musk wants to focus on fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar "first and foremost," crypto payments could come later, according to a Jan. 30 report in the Financial Times.

The report adds that Twitter is applying for regulatory licenses from the U.S. Treasury Department as well as state regulators throughout the country, and hopes to have them in place within a year.

As most things involving Elon Musk and cryptocurrency do, the article drove a quick spike in the price of Dogecoin, which rose from $0.086 to $0.091, although it fell back within two hours.

The Everything App

The introduction of payments into the social media app is something Musk talked about as far back as May, when he proposed making Twitter into a super app modeled on China's WeChat.

The Chinese social media giant "does everything — sort of like Twitter, plus PayPal, plus a whole bunch of things, and all rolled into one, with a great interface," he said on the All-In podcast. "If you're in China, you kind of live on WeChat."

That month, he told investors that he hoped to grow payments from a $15 million business in 2023 to a generator of $1.3 billion in revenue by 2028.
In his June 16 all-hands virtual meeting for Twitter employees, Musk said that as "money is fundamentally digital at this point ... it would make sense to integrate payments into Twitter, so it's easy to send money back and forth."

He added that making Twitter a payments app requires a "high-trust" environment. Musk made his first fortune as part of the PayPal Mafia, building the online payments firm into a powerhouse.

On Nov. 26, Musk tweeted out a slide deck from another in-house Twitter meeting that outlined his vision for "Twitter 2.0: The Everything App." It included features like video, encrypted direct messages, a relaunch of Blue Verified, and "Payments" — although instead of a mocked-up screen shot, the latter was just a blank space.

Earlier Crypto Payment Forays

In Sept. 2021, Twitter's then-CEO Jack Dorsey partnered with bitcoin Lightning Network payments processor Strike to allow tipping via BTC.

Then in April 2022, Twitter partnered with payments processor Stripe to become its first client of Stripe Connect, enabling payments in USDC.

The goal, according to Stripe Crypto Product Manager Karan Sharma was to enable payments to "creators, freelancers, sellers and solopreneurs." Sharma said:

"While it's easier than ever before to find customers and fans, getting paid can still be difficult, especially outside of major markets."

The use of the dollar-pegged USDC stablecoins "will enable many people who wouldn't otherwise be able to hold dollars to do so," he added.

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