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WeChat to Ban Crypto and NFT-Linked Accounts, following Updated Terms of Use

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China’s WeChat, the Tencent-backed social messaging platform, has announced its plans in an indirect manner to crack down on accounts on the platform that are linked to digital currencies and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).

As first pointed out by an independent crypto journalist, Colin Wu, the social media giant has updated the terms of its usage, adding a new section that doubles down on its lack of support for any entities associated with the digital assets industry.

The updated guideline stated that any account that “involves the issuance, transaction, and financing related to virtual currency, such as providing transaction entry, guidance, and issuance channel guidance” amongst others will be suspended.

The targeted accounts involve those specifically facilitating “transaction and exchange business between virtual currency and real currency, virtual currency, and virtual currency; Provide information intermediary and pricing services for virtual currency transactions; Token issuance financing and virtual currency derivatives trading, and; provide services or content related to the secondary transaction of digital collections.” While the immediate suspension of the accounts is one of the sanctions the platform will mete out, it said it can also ban any user found to be guilty depending on the severity of the violations.

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