Coinbase Exec: Binance Does Altcoin Pump and Dumps

A Twitter thread from the Head of Product Business Operations alleges insider trading from the world’s largest crypto exchange.

Coinbase Alleges Price Manipulation by Binance

Head of Product Business Operations at Coinbase, Conor Grogan, has made serious accusations against Binance for front-running altcoins over the last eighteen months.

In a tweet thread published on January 22, Grogans details several connected and anonymous wallets that appear to have engaged in coordinated pump-and-dumps of altcoins listing on Binance. The accounts bought hundreds of thousands of dollars of tokens from small, lesser projects and quickly sold them for big profits following listings on Binance. Grogan claims to have found six suspicious transactions and ponders if there could be more.

The accounts caused raise eyebrows and caused suspicion about the behavior of Binance. Grogan specifically calls out the increased scrutiny over Centralized Exchanges (CEX) by regulators in recent months, even highlighting a case from Coinbase that resulted in employees facing prison for insider trading.

Listings on CEXs are well known to be catalysts of positive price action. Sometimes called the “Coinbase Effect,” small projects often experience a sharp rise in price as demand increases from the listing.

In mid-January, Binance CoFounder, He Yi, confirmed that all Binance employees are subject to a 90-day hold on any investments made. Binance’s leaders must also report all trades every quarter.

What is Binance:

Binance positions itself as the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and crypto-asset infrastructure provider with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. The Binance platform aims to increase the freedom of money for users and features a comprehensive portfolio of crypto-asset products and offerings, including trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralization, and infrastructure solutions.

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