Baidu to to Ban Crypto Discussions on Its Forum

At the moment, the "digital currency" and "virtual currency" sub-forums are unavailable
27 August 2018   221

The Chinese search giant Baidu, following Tencent, decided to distance itself from the crypto-currency topic by starting to censor and ban topics about the cryptocurrencies on the Baidu Tieba platform. This is reported by the China Times.

Currently, the company has toughened its scrutiny over digital currency and will not allow sub-forums under this theme, based on relevant rules and regulations.
 

China Times' Source

Currently, the sub-forums "Digital currencies" and "Virtual currencies" are not available, and attempts to search for these keywords lead to the message "This forum is temporarily closed due to non-compliance with existing regulations."

He also noted that these sub-forums were blocked due to the dissemination of information on ICO and speculation by cryptocurrencies.

It is noteworthy that many other sub-forums about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others remain available.

The Baidu Tieba platform was launched in 2003 and, according to the company, at the moment its monthly audience reaches 300 million active users.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   158

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.