By The Financial District
Binance Halts Transfers Of U.S. Dollars
Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, said it would temporarily halt transfers of US dollars starting Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, Allison Morrow reported for CNN Business.
Photo Insert: The suspension comes at an awkward time for crypto companies, and especially for centralized exchanges like Binance, which in November briefly considered a bailout of its rival FTX.
“Only a small proportion of our users will be impacted by this and we are working hard to restart the service as soon as possible,” the company tweeted Monday. “All other methods of buying and selling crypto remain unaffected.”
Binance’s CEO Changpeng Zhao, widely known as CZ, said on Twitter that although just 0.01% of active users engage in US dollar trades, “we appreciate that this is still a bad user experience and the team is working on quickly resolving this issue.”
Binance US, which is run separately, was not affected by the suspension, and deposits and withdrawals in dollars are still functioning, a spokesperson for the US operation told CNN.
The suspension comes at an awkward time for crypto companies, and especially for centralized exchanges like Binance, which in November briefly considered a bailout of its rival FTX.
That platform, which was in the midst of a liquidity crisis, ultimately filed for bankruptcy and is now at the center of a massive federal fraud investigation. Binance and Chanpeng Zhao are also under investigation in the US.
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