Bitcoin, Other Cryptos Fall After Weibo Block Reports Rekindle Fears of China Crackdown

Bitcoin, Other Cryptos Fall After Weibo Block Reports Rekindle Fears of China Crackdown

The price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fell Saturday morning after reports emerged that a large number of cryptocurrency “Key Opinion Leaders” (KOL) on Weibo were blocked, a move some are viewing as signs of a further crackdown on crypto by China’s government.

  • According to a Twitter post by Chinese crypto journalist Colin Wu, accounts not involved in ads of exchanges have not been blocked.
  • Still, reports of the block, which hit around 5:30 a.m. ET, triggered a simultaneous drop in the price of most major cryptocurrencies. The drop you see in the following 12-hour price chart of bitcoin starting at that time was repeated again and again throughout the market.
  • The reported blocking of the accounts is rekindling fears of a crackdown on cryptocurrencies in China, concerns that have been weighing on the market over the past several weeks.
  • In recent trading, the price of every member of the CoinDesk 20 (with the obvious exception of stablecoin USDC) is down over the last 24 hours, ranging from Yearn Finance's (YFI) 1.59% drop to NuCypher's 15.9% plunge.
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