Did China Finally Ban Bitcoin for Real?

The crypto community weighs in on whether the latest out of the People’s Bank of China is any more significant than previous “bans.”

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Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW looks at two major recent stories.

Twitter has added bitcoin tipping features. The features take advantage of the Lightning Network powered by Strike and has started rolling out to iOS users. Additionally, the Twitter team says they’re exploring NFT avatar authentication as well as crypto integration with other monetization features.

Even bigger was the latest out of the People’s Bank of China, which seems to make illegal a broad range of crypto trading-related activities that were, if not approved before, at least in a gray area. Huobi has subsequently suspended new Chinese user registrations and will be gradually shutting down all Chinese accounts. NLW looks at what the implications might be for DeFi and for U.S. crypto regulation.

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