India’s leading e-commerce firm by sales, Flipkart, has revealed that it’ll be accepting Bitcoin [BTC] payments in what many suspects are an April Fools’ Day prank.
Within an official announcement on Twitter today at 11:30 pm India time, Flipkart outlined it might be accepting Bitcoin [BTC] “as a convenient mode of payment” for its online marketplace. Moreover, several users have refused to simply accept the e-commerce’s seemingly pro-cryptocurrency stance given the timing – at the time of reporting, it’s already April Fools’ Day in India.
Headquartered in Bangalore, Flipkart has claimed over 200 Mln users as of July last year, meaning cryptocurrency payments on the platform could look bullish for the Indian market. However, reports are circulating of the Indian government introducing a possible ban on private cryptocurrencies within the country. Many Flipkart users seemingly doubted the veracity of the company’s claims.
“A massive company like Flipkart wouldn’t take such a risk given the uncertainties within the regulations here,” added Twitter user Shrikar Parashar.
Several cryptocurrency Twitter users added that they believed the announcement was an April Fools’ Day joke, the message was still a bull run indicator for the ecosystem and “good for Bitcoin awareness.” Others speculated that if Flipkart didn’t delay its endways Bitcoin payments, the alleged joke might drive users away:
The crypto business is annually beset with fake news reports around 1st April that sometimes go viral before the bulk of readers find the fine print revealing they were jokes. For a couple of years, CoinMarketCap has listed Toilet Paper Token [TPT] as the number “0” digital asset in its list of cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Last year, crypto exchange Bitfinex pranked it’s over 600k Twitter followers by claiming it might release an energy drink almost like Monster.