It’s not just Bitcoin prophets that are booming. The crypto boom is also attracting skeptics who are already painting the crash on the wall. The International Monetary Fund probes the Twitter community and asks the question of all questions:

Are cryptocurrencies real money?

Play money, risk assets, fake currencies: there is no shortage of stigmata in the crypto space. Ever since Bitcoin saw the light of day in the digital world, the crypto currency has been accompanied by critical voices who work on the same prejudices. The risk and volatility are too high, the practical benefit too little. Especially since Bitcoin Formula and Co. are only used for illegal business in the Darknet anyway.

Something like that are the most prominent arguments for murder. But the picture is gradually tilting. Public perception has become more sensitive to the crypto issue in recent years. Digital currencies may still meet with incomprehension among a broad audience. But the crypto market has opened up to a growing number of investors. Knowledge gaps have been filled and many prejudices have been cleared up.

The question of all questions

But although crypto assets are also celebrating their triumph as an asset class in traditional financial markets, one question remains: do crypto currencies fulfill the function of a means of payment? The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has taken on the question and started a vote on Twitter .

The preliminary result: 80 percent say “yes, digital currencies are real money”, only 20 percent voted against it. After all, just under 88,000 users took part in the survey at the time of going to press. The result can therefore be regarded as quite representative, even if the platform is likely to lure far more crypto-savvy supporters than critics from the reserve.