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Mass protests in El Salvador as thousands protest against Bitcoin

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El Salvador President Nayib Bukele remains hopeful that Bitcoin will help the people of his nation that are currently working abroad, transfer money back home.

Protesters however feel the cryptocurrency will bring instability and inflation to the Latin American nation.

During the protests on Thursday demonstrators could be seen setting fire to a brand-new Bitcoin machine, while others spray painted some shop windows.

As of last week, El Salvador officially became the first country to allow the digital currency to be used as legal tender, alongside the US dollar.

Protesters are against Bitcoin becoming legal tender / Image: The Gaurdian

The demonstrators, gathered in the capital San Salvador on the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence, brandishing placards reading “No to Bitcoin” and “Respect the Constitution”.

Protesters have accused President Bukele of abusing his authoritative power by allowing Bitcoin to become the country’s legal tender.

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Government-backed crypto could threaten the U.S. economy, report finds

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Government-backed cryptocurrencies could threaten the U.S. economy, that’s according to a new report

The Treasury Department believe that prices crypto are set by market speculation and don’t have much economic reality.

It’s found crypto-asset firms intersect with entities that have risky business profiles.

Treasury believes this is a concern for the U-S financial system.

Of course, Bitcoin is just one digital coin to swing and los much of its value since the start of this year.

But advocates think these stable-coins could be less volatile than traditional currencies.

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Kim Kardashian charged over crypto promotion

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Kim Kardashian is making headlines today but not for good reasons.

The celebrity has been charged $1.26 million by the Securities and Exchange commission for unlawfully promoting a crypto asset on her Insta profile.

The SEC found that the star failed to disclose she was paid $250, 000 to post about the digital coin.

Chair Gary Gensler says this is a reminder that “when celebrities endorse investment opportunities, it doesn’t mean that those investment products are right”

Gensler warned investors to do their own research and analyse the risk involved based on their own financial goals.

Kardashian fully cooperated with the investigation and is not allowed to promote another crypto asset for three years.

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Coinbase users in the dark following company-wide fault

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Coinbase users were left in the dark at the weekend because of a company-wide fault

The crypto exchange temporarily stopped transactions for users in the U.S. for over five hours.

Withdrawals and deposits involving bank accounts were put on hold.

But users could still use a debit card or PayPal to buy their crypto.

It follows a string of delays with Solana too, after the network suffered an outage last Friday.

Of course, Coinbase dropped over 1-thousand staff as the value of the crypto falls dramatically.

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