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McDonald's Starts Accepting Bitcoin in El Salvador

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Tue, 09/07/2021 - 14:45
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Alex Dovbnya
You can now pay for your favorite burger with Bitcoin at McDonald's locations in El Salvador
McDonald's Starts Accepting Bitcoin in El Salvador
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Fast food juggernaut McDonald's has started accepting Bitcoin in El Salvador.

A screenshot posted by Bitcoin Magazine journalist Aaron van Wirdum shows a QR code that directs him to a webpage with a Lightning invoice.     

U.Today has confirmed that the new payment option is indeed available at McDonald's locations in the Central American country starting from today.

El Salvador's groundbreaking Bitcoin law came into effect earlier today.

As reported by U.Today, President Nayib Bukele's legal advisor said that businesses that refuse to accept Bitcoin would face repercussions. Hence, international corporations that operate in the country are also obliged to add the flagship cryptocurrency as a new payment option now that it is officially recognized as legal tender.

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The monetary experiment is believed to be a litmus test for Bitcoin as a sustainable currency. Cryptocurrency proponents argue that Sept. 7 marks the start of a new era for Bitcoin, expecting other countries to follow El Salvador's lead.
 
Not everyone shares their excitement. The International Monetary Fund warned El Salvador that the adoption of Bitcoin presented many financial and legal issues.

The Bitcoin push also baffled many Salvadorans, with roughly 70% of the population opposing the law, according to a recent poll.

The market is also not excited about El Salvador's big news, with Bitcoin recently plunging below the $50,000 mark after spiking to a multi-month high of $52,956 earlier today.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.