‘Never Use BitPay’ — Hong Kong Free Press Slams Bitcoin Donation Block
William Suberg's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 75%
Cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay faces another publicity nightmare amid claims it blocked donations to Hong Kong for several weeks. According to a complaint on social media by Tom Grundy on Sept. 11, founder of crowdfunded media outlet Hong Kong Free Press, BitPay suddenly began failing to pass on funds from donors.
Since that time, BitPay has processed payments worth just under 15,000 HKD. For the past three weeks the company has blocked access, Grundy explaining that delays in the fiat banking system were to blame. BitPay, he adds, has kept silent in the face of support requests and complaints.
As of press time, no official response to Grundy has appeared. As Cointelegraph reported, BitPay has seen multiple scandals involving various aspects of its operations, including freezing payments, failure to support major wallets and allegedly attempting to make customers actually use Bitcoin less often. The practices have long irked crypto proponents, who argue the company is an unnecessary complication for Bitcoin, which functions without intermediaries and payment permissions.
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