Binance Blocked by Philippines Securities Watchdog

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission warned in November that the company was operating in the country without the necessary licenses.

AccessTimeIconMar 25, 2024 at 1:11 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 25, 2024 at 1:13 p.m. UTC

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission is blocking local access to the world's largest crypto exchange, Binance, the regulator said in a notice published Monday.

The regulator filed a formal request with the national telecommunications agency on March 12 to help in "blocking the website and other web pages used by Binance, which was found to have offered an investment and trading platform without the necessary license."

The move to block the site follows a warning from November 2023.

"The SEC has identified the aforementioned platform and concluded that the public’s continued access to these websites/apps poses a threat to the security of the funds of investing Filipinos,” SEC Chairperson Emilio B. Aquino said in the letter addressed to the telecommunications agency.

The regulator also criticized the platform for running promotional campaigns via social media to attract investors in the country without the regulatory approval to do so.

Edited by Stephen Alpher.


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