OKCoin final change to droop XRP buying and selling and deposits
Crypto Exchange OKCoin announced plans to delist XRP after it became known that the US Securities and Exchange Commission would take legal action against Ripple.
In a blog post published today, OKCoin said its "best course of action" in response to the SEC's recent lawsuit is to suspend trading and deposits of XRP. The exchange wrote that the suspension would take place over two days. Users who have borrowed XRP / USD through OKCoin must return the borrowed value before January 3rd. The following day, the exchange will stop spot trading, margin trading, and deposits for XRP.
"It is likely that this situation will take some time to resolve," the OKCoin blog said. "We will proactively inform our customers when we have information that could change our position."
OKCoin’s position arises from the SEC's December 22 disclosure of the charges against Ripple and CEO Brad Garlinghouse and co-founder Chris Larsen. The commission alleges that the company and officers have conducted an "unregistered ongoing offering of digital asset securities" to investors since 2013 by selling the XRP token. Garlinghouse responded that the SEC "voted to attack crypto" and was "doing the opposite of" promoting innovation "in the United States.
Since the news of the SEC fees broke, the price of XRP has fallen more than 36% as some exchanges announced they would stop trading the token, including OSL, Beaxy and CrossTower. Digital asset sharing Bitstamp is also planning to suspend XRP trading, but only for US-based users. The delisting of XRP on OKCoin – according to CoinMarketCap in 29th place – could be a forerunner for large exchanges.
The SEC has hired @Ripple to conduct an unregistered security sale.
For this reason, #Beaxy has stopped trading XRP pending further news. $ XRP withdrawals will remain activated until further notice. pic.twitter.com/lVVqXJPdPP
– Beaxy Exchange (@BeaxyExchange) December 22, 2020
At the time of writing, XRP was priced at $ 0.28 after falling 3.5% in the past 24 hours.