Cardano Developer IOG Challenges SEC’s ADA Security Classification

IOG, the development company behind Cardano, has strongly rejected the classification of ADA as a security by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


In response to the SEC's lawsuits against major crypto exchanges Binance and Coinbase, which listed ADA as a security, IOG has stated that these lawsuits contain factual inaccuracies. The company emphasized that these allegations would not impact its operations, as stated in a statement released on Friday.


IOG firmly asserted that ADA does not fall under the category of securities according to U.S. securities laws. The company stressed the importance of understanding decentralized blockchains to develop appropriate and responsible legislation for the industry.


IOG expressed its belief that regulatory clarity and certainty cannot be achieved through enforcement actions alone. The company emphasized the necessity of establishing clear and comprehensive regulatory frameworks to create a thriving and secure environment for all participants in the blockchain industry.


The news of the SEC lawsuit and the inclusion of ADA in the list of securities led to a 4.91% decline in the price of ADA within the past 24 hours. This decline reflects the market's response to the perceived regulatory risks associated with the lawsuit, as traders sold off the affected tokens.


Apart from ADA, the SEC has also identified several other tokens as securities, including Polygon (MATIC), Sandbox (SAND), Filecoin (FIL), Axie Infinity (AXS), Chiliz (CHZ), Flow (FLOW), Internet Computer (ICP), Near (NEAR), Voyager (VGX), Dash (DASH), and Nexo (NEXO). The classification of these tokens as securities highlights the increasing regulatory scrutiny surrounding the cryptocurrency industry and its potential implications on their trading and operations.

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