Uniswap Restricts Access to 129 Crypto Assets, Cites Evolving Regulatory Landscape

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Uniswap Labs has announced it is restricting access to 129 crypto tokens as it monitors an evolving regulatory landscape.

In a new blog post, Uniswap Labs, the leading contributor to the Uniswap protocol, provides a list of tokens it will restrict access to. The software development studio says that the assets in question represent a small portion of the total volume of the platform.

 

“To continue to innovate and provide this tool for the Uniswap community, we monitor the evolving regulatory landscape. Today, consistent with actions taken by other DeFi (decentralized finance) interfaces, we have taken the decision to restrict access to certain tokens through app.uniswap.org.”

The DeFi development company names 129 crypto assets that will be unavailable on the platform indefinitely.

“Similarly, this action has no impact on the Uniswap Interface code, which remains open source, or the many other portals or locally run instances used to access the Uniswap Protocol.

Moving forward, we will continue to develop products and contribute to the Uniswap Protocol, in a way that is consistent with the broader DeFi industry’s values — to provide safe, transparent, and robust financial infrastructure that can empower users around the world.”

Uniswap’s decision comes weeks after a meeting between top US regulators and key players in the decentralized finance space.

Dan Berkowitz, Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), also outlined his reservations on the nascent crypto sector in a keynote speech last month.

“There is no intermediary to monitor markets for fraud and manipulation, prevent money laundering, safeguard deposited funds, ensure counterparty performance, or make customers whole when processes fail. A system without intermediaries is a Hobbesian marketplace with each person looking out for themselves. Caveat emptor – ‘let the buyer beware.’

Not only do I think that unlicensed DeFi markets for derivative instruments are a bad idea, I also do not see how they are legal under the CEA (Commodity Exchange Act).”

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