Chinese Shopping Giant Bans Crypto Related Goods

Taobao released the changes which are concerned with the increased control of crypto and ICO-related products
11 April 2018   1972

Taobao is a Chinese online shopping website, headquartered in China, and is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group. It facilitates consumer-to-consumer retail by providing a platform for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to open online stores that mainly cater to consumers in Chinese-speaking regions.

On April 10, 2018 Taobao has announced the new policy regarding the goods banned on the platform. The changes are concerned with the increased control of crypto and ICO-related products.

Taobao ban for product management specifications focuses on the goods related to blockchain technology, virtual currency and other digital products and services. It is stated that digital currency and similar digital products can easily be used for speculation and illegal fund-raising and can lead to a financing risk. 

The ban concerns Bitcoin, Litecoin, Biocoin, Quark, Unlimited, Cocoa, Penny, PPCoin, NameCoin and other digital currencies; products with the same technical properties and generating mechanisms as digital currency, such as digital pets generated based on blockchain technology; digital currency tutorials, strategies and software, such as mining hardware; ICO and derivative services which provide digital currency, such as technology development, business planning, brokerage, marketing, and other.

The new rules come into effect on April 17, 2018.

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   304

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.