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Ripple CEO Clashes with Top VC Over XRP's Security Status

Tue, 05/09/2023 - 20:29
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Alex Dovbnya
Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse and top venture capitalist Jason Calacanis have engaged in a fiery Twitter debate over XRP's status
Ripple CEO Clashes with Top VC Over XRP's Security Status
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Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has found himself in a heated Twitter exchange with top venture capitalist Jason Calacanis over the status of XRP, the digital currency tied to the blockchain company.

Calacanis stirred controversy by claiming that XRP is "obviously a security," fueling ongoing legal disputes between Ripple and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In response, Garlinghouse questioned Calacanis's understanding of securities law and accused him of making controversial statements without proper knowledge.

Garlinghouse argued that Calacanis's claim was both embarrassing and incorrect, as there is no framework to register digital assets in the US.

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He also alluded to Calacanis's history of making controversial statements and trolling about topics he may not fully understand.

The heated exchange underscores the ongoing debate surrounding XRP's classification and the lack of a clear regulatory framework for digital assets in the United States.

The heart of the legal tug-of-war between Ripple and the SEC centers on whether XRP should be classified as a security or a digital currency.

The SEC has accused Ripple of conducting an unregistered securities offering through the sale of XRP, firmly planting its flag in the belief that the token is a security.

In contrast, Ripple has thrown its full weight behind the defense of its position, arguing that XRP is a digital currency.

At the Dubai Fintech Summit, Garlinghouse revealed that Ripple is steeling itself for $200 million in legal expenses related to the case.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at