Thursday, February 2, 2023

Binance CEO says crypto industry needs clarity of regulations

By Fransiska Nangoy and Gayatri SuroyoWriting

NUSA DUA, INDONESIA (Reuters) – The chief executive of dominant cryptocurrency exchange Binance called for new but stable and clear regulations for the industry in light of recent developments and participants “cutting corners”.

“We’re in a new industry, we’ve seen in the past week, things go crazy in the industry,” Changpeng Zhao told a gathering of G20 leaders at a summit in Bali. “We do need some regulations, we do need to do this properly, we do need to do this in a stable way.”

His comments come as crypto industry peers and partners outline steps to deal with the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s rival exchange, FTX.

FTX filed for bankruptcy on Friday after a week of seeing customers pull assets and Binance abandoning a rescue offer.

“I think the industry collectively has a role to protect consumers, to protect everybody. So it’s not just regulators. Regulators have a role but it’s not 100% their responsibility,” Zhao said.

On the weekend, he had tweeted that Binance had stopped accepting deposits of FTX’s FTT token on its platform, and urged other exchanges to do the same.

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