Bitcoin ETF

Bitcoin ETF announcement by SEC was FAKE news via an erroneous post on ‘X’

Bitcoin jumped briefly on Tuesday 9th January 2024 after a post on the U.S. markets SEC regulator’s ‘X’ account post said it had approved the Exchange-Traded Funds (ETF’s) in the cryptocurrency.

This was a big news event for the cryptocurrency community and for the wider investment world. Large and small investors have been eagerly awaiting this news for months. When it finally arrived, it turned out to be fake.

U.S. regulators are expected to make an announcement on the new ETF’s this week.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) later deleted the erroneous post and said its account had been ‘compromised’.

The social media platform ‘X’ refuted the accusation that its systems had been the reason for the ‘compromise’.

Fake post

The fake news post appeared on the SEC’s official X account shortly after 16:00 Washington time (21:00 GMT). It said the regulator ‘grants approval for #Bitcoin ETFs for listing on all registered national securities exchanges.’ The post was immediately on the general social media radar and business news outlets.

SEC’s chair Gary Gensler quickly posted a message correcting the erroneous announcement on his personal ‘X’ account: “The @SECGov twitter account was compromised, and an unauthorized tweet was posted. The SEC has not approved the listing and trading of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded products.”

The SEC has determined that there was unauthorized access to and activity on the @SECGov account by an unknown party for a brief period of time shortly after 4 pm ET. and that the unauthorized access has been terminated,’ it was reported.

Bitcoin jumped

Bitcoin jumped to touch $48,000 (£37,800) immediately after the erroneous post before falling back to around $45,500

Bitcoin jumped to ouch $48,000 (£37,800) immediately after the erroneous post before falling back to around $45,000

Investors are eagerly anticipating an SEC announcement on the potential approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs, which is expected this week.

It would mark a key milestone for the cryptocurrency market in gaining acceptance to mainstream financial markets.

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