China Targets ‘Disguised’ ICOs in Crypto Crackdown Update

China Targets ‘Disguised’ ICOs in Crypto Crackdown Update

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has discussed the regulation of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in a recently published report that highlights its plan to crack down on “airdrops,” while laying the groundwork to potentially issue its own virtual currency.

Report Highlights Plan to Clamp Down on Airdrops

“Take airdrops, where tokens are given out for free to participants, rather than raising funds directly in public via ICO, while reserving a portion of the total supply,” the central bank said in the report. “These cryptocurrency startups then try to push tokens’ prices higher in the secondary market in a bid to reap profits.”

Stronger Regulatory Measures for Crypto

The report also appears to establish a regulatory basis for the eventual issuance of state-backed cryptocurrencies. “Crypto assets which are not issued by the government do not have legal status equivalent to fiat currencies,” the PBOC said.

Increasing Prevalence of Token Sales

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