CLAIM: A blog post suggesting that the United States plans to reject dollar bills printed before January 2021 has gone viral.
CONTEXT: A blog post claimed that dollar bills printed before January 2021 will no longer be accepted as legal tender worldwide by January 2023. The policy was implemented to curb billions of illegal dollar bills in African countries. The author mentioned Reuters News as the source of their information.
The post further noted that the agreement was reached at a meeting held on November 2, 2022, between the United States Federal Reserve Bank, The Office of the Comptroller of Currency, The International Monetary Fund, The World Bank and Governors of Africa’s Central Banks.
VERIFICATION: To verify the claim, fact-checkers at Daily Trust did a keyword search on the Reuters official website but there was no information in that regard. Further checks showed there was no meeting between officials of the United States Federal Reserve Bank, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, IMF, World Bank and Governors of Africa’s Central Banks on November 2, 2022, as claimed. A manual search on the official Twitter page of the United States Federal Reserve revealed that they only had a press briefing by Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States on a different matter.
CONCLUSION: Daily Trust can confirm that the claim suggesting the United States plans to reject dollar notes printed before January 2021 is false.