According to a warning pop-up on Binance DEX, users from select countries will no longer be able to access its wallet interface starting on July 1.
Americans and other nationalities will soon be unable to use Binance’s new decentralized exchange due to legal complications.
Binance DEX Bans 28 Countries
Users on Binance’s decentralized exchange were surprised to discover a pop-up when visiting the platform today. Starting on July 1, users with certain IP addresses would be blocked from using the exchange’s wallet. The message gives no explanation other than that for these countries, Binance DEX will ‘no longer be available.’
The following countries can expect their IP addresses to be prohibited from using Binance DEX:
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- Cote D’Ivoire
- South Sudan
The IP ban for these countries will go into effect on the first of July, 2019 (UTC 00:00) according to the message.
It’s unclear what the legal situation is regarding this IP ban. Most notable of the countries listed is the United States. This is significant because such a large part of Binance’s user base reside in the US. As of now, the pop-up only appears on the Binance DEX landing page and not on the primary Binance exchange page.
Because the pop-up is still shrouded in mystery, we can likely expect an official statement from Binance on this notice in the coming days.
In 2018, Binance moved its headquarters to Malta after stricter regulations were put in place in both Japan and China. They also have a branch in Jersey called Binance Jersey which offers fiat-to-cryptocurrency pairs including the Euro and British Pound.
Will Binance’s primary exchange soon also ban IP addresses from these countries? Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.
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