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Coinbase Clarifies on CEO’s Comments on SEC’s Delisting Demands

Coinbase, the popular and largest cryptocurrency exchange in USA, has publicly disavowed statements made by its CEO, Brian Armstrong, regarding alleged demands from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to delist all non-Bitcoin crypto assets. While Armstrong claimed that the SEC urged Coinbase to remove all non-Bitcoin assets, the company has now clarified its stance, stating that such claims were inaccurate. This article delves into the unfolding situation, highlighting Coinbase’s response to the Financial Times coverage and shedding light on the SEC’s charges against the exchange.

A little bit of background before diving in the article.

On 6th June, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) dragged Coinbase to courts over the charges of facilitating trading of unregistered securities without providing a proper guidance to why the cryptocurrency mentioned in the lawsuit are securities. The SEC alleges that several altcoins offered by the centralized crypto exchange, including  Solana (SOL), Cardano(ADA), Polygon(MATIC), Filecoin(FIL), The Sandbox (SAND), Axie Infinity(AXS), Chiliz (CHZ), Flow (FLOW), Internet Computer (ICP), Near, Voyager Token (VGX), Dash and Nexo qualify as securities.

Brian Armstrong’s Comments

Brian Armstrong on SEC

According to Brian Armstrong, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asked Coinbase to stop trading in all cryptocurrencies except Bitcoin before taking legal action against the exchange. Brian Armstrong revealed the SEC’s recommendation in an interview with Financial Times, signaling the agency’s intent to assert broader regulatory authority over the crypto market.

“They came back to us, and they said . . . we believe every asset other than bitcoin is a security. And, we said, well how are you coming to that conclusion, because that’s not our interpretation of the law. And they said, we’re not going to explain it to you, you need to delist every asset other than bitcoin.” 

Coinbase’s Clarification

Coinbase swiftly responded to the claims made by its CEO, asserting that the SEC did not request the delisting of any specific assets before the commencement of litigation. The company emphasized that the reported interview by the Financial Times lacked crucial context, misrepresenting their discussions with the regulatory agency. An SEC spokesperson quoted in the same article corroborated Coinbase’s stance, refuting any requests for delisting specific assets. The spokesperson acknowledged that individual staff members might have expressed their views during the investigation, potentially leading to misinterpretations when taken out of context. Coinbase said :

“Prior to litigation, the SEC did not at any point request that Coinbase delist any specific assets … The interview as published earlier today by the Financial Times omits important context regarding our conversations with the SEC.”

Concerns Surrounding Misinterpretation

While Coinbase refutes the supposed delisting requests from the SEC, it is important to note that the regulatory agency will still be fighting the exchange in courts this month.

The entire situation raises concerns about misinterpretations and the potential consequences of out-of-context quotations. Coinbase acknowledged that these misinterpretations might have occurred either intentionally or inadvertently, leading to the dissemination of inaccurate information. The company is committed to providing transparent and accurate information to its users and stakeholders, especially in sensitive matters involving regulatory interactions.

Conclusion

As Coinbase denies the SEC’s alleged requests to delist non-Bitcoin assets, the whole truth is still unkown. Misinterpretations can have far-reaching consequences, impacting both the reputation of companies and investor confidence, but was their a misinterpretation or Coinbase’s stance was just an act to protect it’s shareholders ? While the investigation and charges against Coinbase continue, the exchange reaffirms its commitment to transparency and open communication with regulatory authorities. The cryptocurrency industry, as a whole, remains under scrutiny, and SEC is doing everything it can to keep cryptocurrency at bay. Will SEC become successful or not is a thing for future.

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