Tesla’s Bitcoin Acceptance: Rumors and Reality
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A few years ago, the crypto market was taken by surprise when it was announced that car manufacturer Tesla was accepting bitcoin (BTC) as a means of payment. However, due to concerns about the energy consumption of the network, Tesla later decided to no longer accept bitcoin as a payment method. Recently, rumors have emerged on Twitter suggesting that Tesla might be considering accepting bitcoin again, although the authenticity of these rumors remains highly doubtful.
Discovering Bitcoin Features in Tesla’s Website
A user on Twitter claimed to have discovered certain features related to payment in Tesla’s website source code. Among these features, Bitcoin was found to be mentioned, placed neatly between Apple Pay and PayPal. This discovery led many to believe that Tesla may soon reintroduce the option to pay with BTC. Additionally, dogecoin was also found in the source code.
Clarity behind the Scenes: No New Developments
It was later revealed that the mention of bitcoin and dogecoin in Tesla’s website source code had been present since at least January of the same year. Therefore, there is no indication of any new development, and the social media hype that ensued was based on unfounded assumptions. Tesla had simply neglected to remove the references to bitcoin and dogecoin from the source code.
Rumors turn out to be premature
Colin Wu, a renowned crypto journalist, shared disappointing findings about these rumors on Twitter. According to Wu, the source code had included bitcoin and dogecoin as early as January 2023, and Tesla had not removed this code even after discontinuing the option to pay with bitcoin.
“There were rumors in the community that Tesla added Bitcoin and Dogecoin to the source code of its payment page. However, verification revealed that both cryptocurrencies were present in the source code as early as January 2023. It seems that Tesla did not remove this code when they previously discontinued the option to pay with Bitcoin.”
This information confirms that today’s rumors hold no weight. There is currently no evidence to suggest that Tesla is planning to accept bitcoin and/or dogecoin as payment methods again. However, it is worth noting that Tesla’s IT department has maintained the references to bitcoin and dogecoin in the source code of their website.
In conclusion, the recent rumors surrounding Tesla’s acceptance of bitcoin and dogecoin turned out to be baseless. While there is no indication of Tesla reinstating these cryptocurrencies as payment methods, it is interesting to see that the references to bitcoin and dogecoin have not been removed from the source code. As the crypto market continues to evolve, only time will tell if Tesla will reconsider its stance on accepting bitcoin and dogecoin.