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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Criticized for Promoting USDC After Bitfinex-Tether Scandal

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:10
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Yuri Molchan
?Head of Coinbase Brian Armstrong attempts to shill Coinbase-backed USDC stablecoin and gets a wave of criticism in response
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong Criticized for Promoting USDC After Bitfinex-Tether Scandal
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The crypto community always produces dual reactions to stablecoins – some believe this is the future of the crypto-based economy, others think that these centralized, fiat-pegged coins are no good and lack the quality fundamental for crypto: decentralization.

However, since running crypto platforms is still business for profit, when some market players go down, others try to drag users’ attention to their own product. This is what Coinbase’s CEO has attempted to do.

Brian Armstrong promotes USDC, criticizing Tether

After the recent scandal involving the Bitfinex exchange, Tether Ltd and the NY State Supreme Court, it became clear that USDT is USD-backed by only over 70 percent.

The head of Coinbase published a Twitter post, rebuking Tether’s USDT and saying that the community should start paying attention to more ‘trustworthy’ stablecoins, among which is USDC.

Negative reception by the community

The comment thread under the original post made it clear that the community is not happy with USDC, saying that stablecoins are not proper crypto.

WhalePanda user also responded to Armstrong’s tweet, saying that USDC, launched by Circle and Coinbase, is far from being 100% backed by cash and that it is centralized with high fees.

Summarizing, WhalePanda says that USDC is even worse than USDT. Besides, WhalePanda added, the use of USDC requires KYC.

Recently, U.Today wrote about negative sentiment among crypto users on Reddit regarding KYC rules.

Overall, WhalePanda seems to be accusing Armstrong of taking Tether’s fiasco as an opportunity to promote his own product.

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Stablecoins are becoming widely spread

Still, many crypto users find stablecoins good enough. This can be proven by the recent partnership between Paxos Standard (PAX) and, one of the oldest and most popular crypto wallets.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at