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HODLers Plead With Ripple Inc. Not To Dump XRP Tokens Anymore



HODLers Plead With Ripple Inc. Not To Dump XRP Tokens Anymore

“Ripple Inc. is manipulating XRP’s price,” a notion held by several members of the crypto community. Now, the XRP army is pleading with Ripple Inc., the blockchain company behind XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency, to stop dumping the crypto asset in the market. In their opinion, scarcity will help drive XRP’s price even above its all-time high.

XRP Proponent Files Petition Against Ripple Inc.

Crypto Bitlord, an XRP proponent, began a petition against Ripple on the platform The petition has already been signed by 2,342 people with a target to hit 2,500 and even 10,000. According to Crypto Bitlord, Ripple needs to stop dumping billions of XRP into the crypto market because it has significantly crashed the crypto asset’s price.

Furthermore, XRP’s dump in price is happening even in the face of the blockchain company’s partnership with major banks and financial institutions. Thus, this shows that more XRP being pumped into the market has not done its price any good, which Ripple needs to stop.

Ripple’s Report Shows Series of XRP Dump to the Market

Crypto Bitlord was also quick to tie their comments to certain reports disclosed by Ripple. For instance, Ripple released its second-quarter report, which shows that it had sold a total of $251 million worth of XRP in the quarter alone. While XRP worth $106.87 million was sold in direct institutional sales, XRP worth $144.64 million was sold in programmatic sales. 

The crypto enthusiast also said:

“XRP is a solid coin with major potential, but this needs to stop! Now imagine a world where those coins aren’t dumped… where the buyers get to buy without dumping and price suppression.”

Some of those who signed the petition also gave reasons why they did so. A user, for instance, said they have been holding XRP for the past two years. However, while other crypto assets have surged in price, XRP has been stable. “Definitely there is a conspiracy,” the user said.

Peter Brandt Says Ripple Has Been Manipulating XRP’s Price

Prior to this time, certain members of the crypto space had opined that XRP’s price is being manipulated. Peter Brandt, a professional crypto trader, said on August 14, 2019, that the chart pattern on how XRP is distributed reveals that Ripple has manipulated its price to maintain its support. Brandt also remarked that XRP could tank to $0.020725 if care is not taken.

XRP, on the other hand, is currently valued at $0.268 and has been struggling between the $0.25 and $0.28 range in the past few days. The crypto asset’s price today, is a 93.02% decrement from its all-time high of $3.84 on January 4, 2018, according to Coinmarketcap.

The decline is significant, especially when compared to Bitcoin, which is 49.34% away from its all-time high of $20,089.


Cardano’s Charles Hoskinson wants to work with Elon Musk to develop a decentralized social media platform



Cardano's Charles Hoskinson wants to work with Elon Musk to develop a Decentralized social media platform

The Founder of Cardano (ADA) has invited Tesla owner and billionaire, Elon Musk, to work with him in developing the first decentralized social media platform. Charles Hoskinson, who also doubles up as the CEO of Input-Output Global is offering to help Elon Musk achieve his goal of free speech on social media.

The news follows Elon Musk’s acquisition of a stake in Twitter last week. The Billionaire bought 9.2% of Twitter, estimated at $2.89 Billion, and was even offered a seat on the micro-blogging site’s board. However, after deliberations, Elon passed on the offer since it would bar him from owning beyond a certain threshold of Twitter’s shares.

Free speech advocate

Elon Musk is on record for being a passionate supporter of free speech and open internet policies. He has in the past openly accused Twitter of muzzling free speech and open internet use. He recently held a poll that indicated that most users would prefer an edit button on Twitter and said that if he is not allowed to acquire the platform, he would have to reconsider his position as a major shareholder of Twitter.

To actualize this cause, he has offered to acquire the platform for a reported fee of $43 Billion in cash. This intended acquisition has left his critics and supporters talking and would go a long way in helping him bring much-needed changes to Twitter. His intention has however come under fire with his critics, including Dogecoin co-founder, Jackson Palmer saying that Elon Musk is planning a hostile takeover of Twitter. 

Hoskinson’s offer to Elon Musk

Upon seeing the opposition against Elon Musk’s plan, Hoskinson wooed Elon to join him in creating a decentralized social media platform. He tweeted:

“@Elon if Twitter rejects your offer, then hit me up. Happy to build a decentralized one.”

This offer follows Elon Musk’s Twitter poll where he sought the opinion of his 80 million followers about a decentralized social media platform. He posited that were he to be barred from acquiring Twitter, he would establish his decentralized platform that would be founded on free speech and open internet.

Elon Musk’s campaign for free speech and open internet has not been welcomed by all. Some of his critics have argued that coating his move with good intentions, his true intention is to get revenge against the SEC for muzzling his Twitter activities.

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Thailand Outlaws The Use Of Crypto For Payments



Thailand Outlaws The Use Of Crypto For Payments
  • The SEC in Thailand has banned crypto payments in the country.
  • Its new decision is expected to become enforceable in April.
  • The SEC reiterated that the government still maintained support for the blockchain industry, clarifying that the decision does not affect crypto investments.

The Securities Exchange Commission today has placed restrictions on crypto as a means of payment. They believe that it poses risks to the nation’s financial stability.

Crypto Payments Outlawed

Thailand’s SEC today has outlawed the use of crypto as a medium of exchange in the country. The regulators came up with this decision after discussing the benefits and inherent risks from crypto and blockchain technology with the country’s central bank, the Bank of Thailand (BOT).

They concluded that the use of cryptocurrencies for payment was potentially harmful to the country’s financial stability and economy. Price volatility, risks of theft, and potential use cases in money laundering were amongst the reasons cited by the SEC that led them to this decision.

The SEC report read, “the use of digital assets as a medium for payment of goods and services Because it may affect the stability of the financial system and the overall economy. including risks to people and businesses such as the risk of loss of value caused by price volatility Risk of Cyber ​​Theft Risk of personal data leakage or being used as a tool of money laundering.”

As per the SEC’s new decision, crypto service providers and vendors or merchants in the country are encouraged to stop providing or facilitating such services. Suppose a crypto service provider discovers that a customer has used its services to make payments. In that case, the service providers are to inform the SEC and restrict activities on the said account.

The SEC’s new ruling is to take effect from the 1st of April. However, businesses that already offer such services would be given till the end of April to cease such operations. The crypto market in Thailand has grown massively over the last couple of years. As per a Bloomberg report, government data estimates that Thai citizens hold about $3.4 billion in crypto assets.

Crypto Investments Not Affected As The Thai Government Still Supports Blockchain Technology Innovation

The SEC in their release, clarified that the restriction was only on using cryptocurrency as a means of payment and in no way affected citizens investing in crypto. It was stated that “digital asset traders/investors can carry out normal investment/trading related transactions.”

The SEC also maintained that the government still supported blockchain technology and was working to provide a regulatory environment where innovation can be encouraged in the industry. Recall that earlier this month, the country had offered tax incentives to investors and businesses in the crypto industry.

“… the BOT and the SEC, as well as other government agencies, see the benefits of various technologies behind digital assets such as  blockchain and emphasize and support the use of technology to further innovation.”

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