Companies to sue Internet Giants over Banned Crypto Ads

Russian, Chinese and Korean cryptocurrency associations are going to file a class action against internet organizations banning crypto ads
28 March 2018   514

The lawsuit will dispute the limitations imposed by Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yandex. An arrangement to take the matter to court in the US has been achieved at a crypto conference in Moscow.

The newly established Eurasian Blockchain Association (EBA) will file the lawsuit in a US jurisdiction in May. Among the participants there are representatives of the Russian Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Association (RACIB), the Korea Venture Business Association (KOVA) and the Chinese Association of Cryptocurrency Investors (LBTC). Each side has signed the agreement to create EBA during the BlockchainRF-2018 congress in Moscow (27-28 March). Also they are going to found a special cryptofund that can be supported through donations.

Well-known social network Facebook and the biggest search engine Google prohibited crypto ads in January and in March respectively. Russian media have declared about a resemble decision by the largest in the country search engine Yandex. This measure has not been officially confirmed by the company.

The messages that Twitter is managed to set restrictions appeared about 10 days ago. The microblogging platform stated the policy change. Another media platform, Snapchat, has also forboden the advertisements of ICOs.

Yuri Pripachkin (RACIB`s president) considers that the situation looks like a cartel collusion. “We think these four companies are using their monopoly power and have colluded to manipulate the market”, - RACIB`s president claimed (quoted by TASS and Interfax). Also he accentuated that the bans caused substantial market drops during the last months.

Last week RAKIB forewarned that the Russian economy may lose over 1.5 billion USD from ICOs conducted by Russians in more favorable jurisdictions. Coin suggestions with Russian participation total for 10 % of the global ICO market. About $310 million dollars have been attracted by Russian projects in 2017 (according to a report by the President Vladimir Putin).

The State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament has introduce 2 laws to legalize blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies, mining and coin offerings. The head of the parliamentary Financial Market Committee Anatoliy Aksakov claimed that these new orders will be adopted in June or July, 2018.

Consensus 2018 summit to be held in New York City

4th annual blockchain technology summit - Consensus 2018, will take place in New York City on May 14-16
22 April 2018   32

CoinDesk has announced its 4th annual blockchain technology summit Consensus 2018 on May 14-16 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Along with the discussions on the blockchain technology, the event is going to feature a hackathon, PoW pitch competition and a scholarship award in a partnership with Zcash. Title sponsors of the event include bloq, Deloitte, Ledger, Octagon Strategy and SONM.

Consensus 2018 will feature 250+ speakers and 4,000+ attendees from the leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy. Among the notable speakers there will be Blockstack co-founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, J.P.Morgan blockchain program lead Amber Baldet, eToro CEO and founder Yoni Assia, Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf, ConsenSys founder Steve Cerveny, Athena Capital founder Meltem Demirors and many others.

The full 3-day agenda of the event can be found here.