Since last night, the cryptosphere has been coasting in “crypto-suppositions” around the giant Amazon. Following the publication of the recruitment of a blockchain specialist by the largest e-commerce site in the world, an anonymous source has set off the fire by evoking rumors more crazy than the others. You will soon discover that the solidity of this “source” is highly questionable for the moment.
The Facts: Amazon has a real interest in blockchain technology
The first news coming from Amazon, before the explosion of various assumptions and hypotheses of the crypto community, is the publication of a job offer for a “Digital Currencies and Blockchain Product Manager”, as reported by The Block.
The ad in question (excerpted below) asks for the following expertise from the future project manager:
- Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT);
- Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs);
The Product Manager will be responsible for establishing the strategy and roadmap for Amazon’s digital currency and blockchain product launches.
The crazy rumors: acceptance of Bitcoin and “AmazonCoin”
Following this very real job offer, which confirms Amazon’s long-standing interest in blockchains and cryptocurrencies, rumors have been spreading at a crazy speed in the cryptosphere.
An anonymous source cited by the media outlet CityAM, for example, claimed that bitcoin (BTC) payments could be “accepted by the end of the year” on Amazon. And watch out! According to her, this willingness to integrate Bitcoin would obviously come “from the highest level”, i.e. from Jeff Bezos himself, the founder of Amazon. But that’s not all. This alleged insider, under the cover of his anonymity, did not hesitate to relay other “revelations”, including the creation of a crypto specific to Amazon. That’s all!
If these rumors make the cryptosphere stir, it is because they are not new. However, the widespread use of these rumors as credible information raises questions.
At this point, no one knows the said source of the CityAM media, and the seriousness of the media was soon questioned and mocked on social networks.
Moreover, let’s recall that hoaxes by anonymous people aiming to make mainstream financial media believe that big institutions or big groups had invested in bitcoins have been swarming in the last weeks: Apple or a supposedly leading Israeli investment fund have for example been announced as big buyers of bitcoins recently after falling into crude traps set on Twitter… when it was nothing of the sort, causing a media frenzy.
For the moment, nothing official has been confirmed about these strange rumors, and only the will to recruit a crypto product manager is attested on Amazon’s side. It must be said that between Facebook preparing the release of its stablecoin Diem and Jack Dorsey (Twitter/Square) who is increasingly involved in the development of Bitcoin, Jeff Bezos and his company will have competition in the race to crypto-assets … if Amazon really commits to it one day.