Third-Party Audit Finally conducted by Tether

All the allegations stating claiming that Tether has “unencumbered assets exceed the balance of fully-backed USD Tethers” are cleared by the report
21 June 2018   1114

After recently conducting an audit, Tether declared, that a law firm had confirmed that, as of 1st June, the company has more than bountiful amount of USD for the circulating USDT tokens. Tether was supported by the services of Washington-based law company Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP (FSS) to revise bank account documents and to randomly inspect circulating Tethers and corresponding USD reserves.

Tether on their Twitter
Tether on their Twitter

As for  the firm’s credit, it was founded by 3 former federal judges. Earlier this year Tether involved Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan LLP to survey bank account documentation and to perform an inspection of the numbers of Tethers in circulation & the corresponding currency reserves.

The law company also declared Tether’s compliance to AML standards, paperwork towards to personnel and corporate structure, and historical records about the amount of issued and outstanding Tethers, along with a variety of other documents. Tether’s problem began as the company parted its ways with its previous auditing partner Friedman LLP in late January. Even after facing a massive backlash the firm did not hire any third-party to go through its books. Because of the firm’s ties with the crypto exchange Bitfinex, it faced many allegations for the Bitcoin price manipulation. 

On June 13th, two researchers at the University of Texas at Austin issued a report called “Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?” in that they stated to have found fresh evidence of Tether’s market manipulation tactics of Bitcoin and other major altcoins by flooding the market with USDT. Tether in their recent transparency update, admitted the scrutiny and affirmed that “much of the speculation and negative reporting” was due to “misunderstandings” of the firm’s business model.

Tether to Transfer 15M USDT to Liquid Network

It should be noted Liquid allows you to hide values ​​in the public registry using the "confidential transaction" protocol
09 January 2020   188

On January 7, Tether, the stablecoin issuer, transferred 15 million USDT from its reserves on the Ethereum blockchain to Blockstream's Liquid network, which is a federated bitcoin sidechain. The technical feasibility of such a swap was first announced in July 2019.

An important difference between Liquid and other blockchains is the support of assets that allow you to hide values ​​in the public registry using the "confidential transaction" protocol. By transferring Tether between exchange accounts through Liquid, traders will be able to avoid disclosing information about their intentions to other market participants.

Movements of tether can be tracked in general but also particularly to and from exchanges, which is valuable information. People absolutely trade based on this information. Moving from a blockchain that has transparent transactions and onto Liquid is somewhat of a no-brainer in the context of trading.

 

Grubles

Pseudonymous Blockstream community manager

 Blockstream CSO Samson Mow noted that Liquid-based Tether could be the first example of a semi-private stablecoin.

Services like Whale Alert, that track movements of assets, would not work for confidential assets in Liquid. With Confidential Transactions you can’t see the amounts being sent from one party to another. That means that USDT issued in the Liquid Network provides better privacy than USDT on other chains.

 

Samson Mow

Blockstream CSO

At the same time, the Tether emission in the Blockstream system remains public, which can help dispel skeptics' doubts.

According to Tether Technical Director Paolo Ardoino, customer interest in confidential transactions led the company to decide to transfer $ 15 million from the Ethereum network to Liquid.