BitPay Blocks $100,000 Bitcoin Donation to Amazon Rainforest Charity

Neil Dennis

Crypto payments company BitPay has refused to honor a large donation to a non-profit environmental organization that is working to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Watch, founded in 1996 and based in Oakland, California, works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous people in the Amazon Basin. It took to Twitter on Friday to complain that a donation of $100,000 was rejected by BitPay for being "too high".

Issue Escalated

Bitpay responded by saying it would escalate the issue and try to contact the donor. It then suggested the charity upgraded its approved volume on the Dashboard settings. However, Amazon Watch said it tried this and was told to email BitPay's compliance department.

BitPayintroduced its Dashboard at the beginning of August to help offer better support and improve the platform's risk mitigation and identity verification efforts. Reports of thousands of fires across the Amazon forest will no doubt have prompted many people to make charitable donations. 

Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales Calls Crypto Integration 'Insane'

  • Jimmy Wales called integrating cryptocurrency onto Wikipedia "insane."
  • The co-founder has turned down multiple proposals to incentivize content contributors with digital assets. 

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said that it would be “insane” to integrate blockchain or cryptocurrency into the encyclopedia platform. 

Speaking at the CoinGeek Conference, Wales claimed that he has yet to see a single practical use-case for crypto that would convince him to integrate the technology into Wikipedia. Wales went on to say that adding bitcoin or blockchain to the world’s largest online encyclopedia could prove detrimental to its vision and damage how the platform currently operates. 

He said, 

This is a really bad idea. It's an idea that doesn't actually work. If you take something that is a bad idea and put it on the blockchain, that doesn't necessarily make it a good idea.

Wales made his comments opposite of Craig Wright, explaining that he has turned down several proposals for rewarding content contributors with digital currencies. The co-founder argued that Wikipedia benefits from volunteers and enthusiasts to curate content, as opposed to an incentivized structure that could be manipulated by companies. 

Creating a mechanism where you effectively authenticate that type of behavior ... isn't going to help with the quality of Wikipedia at all.

He concluded by saying that cryptocurrency could “seriously harm,” the platform, 

To say to them, you're going to have to pay or put money at risk in order to edit Wikipedia is completely insane.

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