X, formerly known as Twitter, has edged closer to its goal of integrating cryptocurrencies into its services by securing a currency transmitter license in Rhode Island.
This development signifies a critical step towards X’s envisioned transformation into a comprehensive “everything app,” akin to China’s WeChat. Under the stewardship of owner Elon Musk, the platform has made substantial strides in securing necessary money transmitter licenses across multiple states.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation necessitates any individual or entity involved in digital currency management or transactions on behalf of users, including cryptocurrency wallets, exchanges, and payment processors, to obtain a currency transfer license.
In addition to these state-level licenses, X also registered with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) last November, further paving the way for its platform to process payments.
Although no official statements have been made by X regarding which cryptocurrencies will be integrated first, Musk’s frequent tweets about Dogecoin (DOGE) have stirred speculation about the meme coin’s potential early addition to the platform. The ongoing efforts by X mirror a broader trend within the social media industry to integrate digital payments.
As CryptoSlate previously reported, X has been progressively working on its payment infrastructure for months. It applied for money service business (MSB) licenses with FinCEN in November 2022, disclosing its aim to operate across all U.S. states and territories. While X has not officially launched any payment service, this latest acquisition of the Rhode Island Currency Transmitter License marks a significant milestone in its ambitious journey toward creating an all-encompassing digital platform.
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