Putting a number on it, the U.K.’s Sky News has found out that at least 340 companies claiming to be involved with crypto or blockchain were shut down this year. It obtained these findings by analyzing publicly available figures from the databases of Companies House and Open Corporates. This figure is an increase of 144 percent from just 139 blockchain-related companies that went bust in 2017. The data shows that over 200 of those companies were established during 2017 and 60 percent of them closed down between June and November 2018 alone.
Instead of trying to explain exactly what happened in the vast and varied ecosystem of blockchain business, Sky News has simply tried to blame it all on Bitcoin. The report simply points to the price decline of BTC and links it directly to the figures which they have found. To further dramatize the issue, the authors claim that hundreds of bitcoin investors in the U.K. have been hurt, causing them to lose their homes and even marriages, but fail to present a single concrete example. Sky News’ rhetoric is incomparable to mainstream media coverage of the collapse in stock markets around the world, which has seen tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (the ‘FAANG’ stocks) lose more than $1 trillion in value.
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