BitPay Blocks $100K Bitcoin Donation to Amazon Rainforest Fire Charity
William Suberg's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 55%
Controversial cryptocurrency payments processor BitPay is facing another PR nightmare after the company rejected a $100,000 donation to an Amazon rainforest charity. According to a social media complaint by Amazon Watch, an organization which seeks to support the Amazon rainforest's ecology and indigenous peoples, the payment failed to pass BitPay's internal checks. The would-be donor was trying to contribute due to the ongoing wildfires in the Amazon, the charity suggests, but could not complete the payment in Bitcoin.
The episode further fuels the dubious reputation BitPay has built in recent years. Few Bitcoin wallets are compatible with BitPay's invoices, adding to the headache for users. Sensing the irony of a third party placing artificial limits on the open and decentralized Bitcoin network, software engineer Alex Kaul appealed to Amazon Watch to ditch BitPay for an open source alternative.
Last year, a similar situation caused United States travel agent CheapAir to embrace BTCPay, while venting scorn at both BitPay and fellow operator Coinbase.
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