Bitcoin chose decentralization and immutability over payments, says Fidelity

Bitcoin chose decentralization and immutability over payments, says Fidelity


“Bitcoin has failed as means of payment” is one of the prevalent criticisms of Bitcoin (BTC) that Fidelity Digital Assets is seeking to rebut. In a blog post published on Nov. 13, the firm took on six “persistent” criticisms, including Bitcoin’s volatility, environmental wastefulness and use in illicit activities.

Regarding the coin’s purported failure as a means of payment for everyday transactions, Fidelity’s argument is that this criticism fails to understand Bitcoin’s core purpose. The currency is outperformed, Fidelity accepts, by conventional payment rails like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal, all of which can offer higher throughput. However, Bitcoin has been designed with other priorities in mind, including “perfect scarcity,” Fidelity argues. 

“Bitcoin makes deliberate trade-offs, such as limited and expensive capacity, to offer core properties such as decentralization and immutability. Given its high settlement assurances, Bitcoin optimizes its limited capacity for settling transactions that aren’t well served by traditional rails.”

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While the coin is, in theory, viable

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