Snapchat joins the ban on cryptocurrency ads

Snapchat changed policy on the crypto-related advertisements – now ICOs have to look for another ad-provider, general cryptocurrency ads are for now unaffecte
22 March 2018   647

Recently there has a been a surge of large online platforms banning cryptocurrency and/or ICO advertisements. At first it was Facebook, after that – Google's AdWords platform and now Snapchat joins their ranks.

According to reports, the Snapchat's parent compnay Snap Inc. has benn working on changing its policy since February 2018. The restriction imposed won't affect all the cryptocurrency-related ads, but token sales advertisements are outright banned from now on.

CoinDesk asked the Snapchat representative for further clarification and they confirmed the rumors:

The move makes Snapchat the latest social media platform to ban ads for cryptocurrency ICOs, an increasingly popular form of raising money by issuing virtual tokens instead of more traditional company shares.

The decision to ban only the ICO-related ads seems quite tame in comparison to Facebook and Google's policy on the matter. As usual, the rumors go on to state, that current ban was fueled, again, by US SEC repeated warnings about protecting users from scammers, raising money for non-existent start-ups. While the representative failed to either confirm or deny such claims, it seem quite possible that it was the case.

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.