Speaking to Business Insider after giving a speech at a recent blockchain event in Berlin, Wales told the news source:
“We are absolutely never going to do that. Zero interest.”
Wales was speaking at the Berlin event largely because “People pay me to give speeches,” he said.
With its pages maintained by volunteers from the public and an ICO ruled out, Wikipedia will keep running via traditional donations – including ones made in bitcoin. Wikipedia started accepting the top cryptocurrency by market value in 2014, after Wales initially said he was “cautious” about the technology.
The platform made £140,000 in its first week of crypto donations. The roughly 237 BTC it received then would be worth $1.8 million at today’s prices.