Elon Musk Denies Reports Of Bitcoin ATM At Nevada Gigafactory

KEY POINTS

  • Tesla CEO said reports of a Bitcoin ATM inside one of its facilities are inaccurate
  • LibertyX reportedly added Bitcoin selling feature to three ATMs at the facility
  • They can be accessed only by Tesla employees

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied recent reports that there is a Bitcoin ATM inside the car company’s Gigafactory in Nevada.

“I don’t think this is accurate,” Musk tweeted Monday, while replying to a tweet by news website Teslarati. The Teslarati tweet has since been deleted.

On Sunday, Will Reeves, the CEO of cryptocurrency payments and rewards app Fold, tweeted about spotting a LibertyX “bitcoin ATM at the Gigafactory,” along with a Google Maps image. LibertyX is a manufacturer of cryptocurrency ATMs in the United States. 

News outlet Finbold, on Sunday, reported that the LibertyX Bitcoin ATM, mentioned in the tweet, was in existence at the Gigafactory since August and it was only available to Tesla employees. The report said LibertyX did not install any new ATM kiosk but added Bitcoin selling feature to three ATMs that were already there at the facility.

In a statement to Finbold, the firm said it partnered with ATM manufacturers Genmega and Hyosung to offer “Bitcoin software preinstalled on traditional ATMs. Once operators activate the feature, consumers can start buying bitcoin with their debit card from ATMs nationwide.” 

LibertyX said there are already 5,000 ATMs with the feature activated in various locations across the nation and it is planning to roll out to more than 100,000 ATMs after this year.

Musk was a known advocate of cryptocurrency, although he claimed he only owns 0.25 BTC. Some recent data showed similarities between the benchmark cryptocurrency and Tesla stock.

In the past, people even speculated that Musk is the real identity of Satoshi Nakomoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin.

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