Halts Solana USDC and USDT Deposits, Withdrawals

The crypto trading platform cited “recent industry events” in an email to users announcing the suspension.

AccessTimeIconNov 9, 2022 at 7:46 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 4:02 a.m. UTC

Cryptocurrency exchange platform has halted the flow of two top Solana ecosystem stablecoins, as the implosion of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX empire continues to wreak havoc across the wider crypto ecosystem.

Citing “recent industry events” in an email to users Wednesday, said “effective immediately” the platform would be “suspending deposits and withdrawals of USDC and USDT on the Solana Blockchain in the App and Exchange.”

The email continued to say that stablecoin deposits in other ecosystems, including Ethereum and Cronos, would not be impacted. CEO Kris Marszalek, in a tweet responding to this article, explained that "FTX was an important bridge/venue for SOL-based stablecoins, we do not want any additional risk to our users coming from this area, hence disabling it."

Solana is a smart contract platform that is positioned as a competitor to Ethereum offering high speeds and low fees. It hosts a range of decentralized finance apps, but a large portion of its total supply is controlled by SBF’s Alameda Research trading firm, and FTX – the exchange firm that imploded this week.

Solana’s native SOL token suffered as a result of FTX’s collapse, dropping over 40% on Wednesday at a price of $14.37. This is 92% below its price from a year ago.

Stablecoins like USDC and USDT, which stay “pegged” to the price of $1, are vital instruments in the volatile world of decentralized finance. It’s unclear why, exactly, was forced to suspend activity.

UPDATE (Nov. 9, 21:37 UTC): Adds a statement from CEO Kris Marszalek.


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