Some disgruntled Nigerian users of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance have launched a campaign to boycott the platform, which they accuse of freezing client accounts without valid reason.
Cryptocurrency exchange platform Binance recently became the target of a boycott campaign initiated by disgruntled users in Nigeria. Using the hashtag #Binancestopscamming, the campaigners are urging other Binance users around the African continent to join them in registering their displeasure with the exchange.
For instance, one user named Brown-Mi alleges that Binance blocked his account and therefore his access to his portfolio’s altcoins. He tweeted:
It is enough, I am a victim. My account has been frozen for about 4 months now with over $500k, mostly comprised of alts coins. Is it a crime to be an African?
Another user, Newnew — who tweeted with the hashtag #BinanceStealingCrypto — claims the exchange blocked his account some ten months ago and that no valid reason has been given by Binance so far.
Another user, Strong is the will, suggested that Binance was not any different from banks “who act tyrannically.”
Binance Rejects Accusations
Meanwhile, in its official response to the complaints, Binance Africa admitted in a tweet on January 26 that it has been restricting access to some accounts. However, the exchange insisted it only blocks accounts when there is a good reason. The exchange tweeted:
At times, we proactively restrict accounts to protect users’ funds. Other times, we have to restrict accounts at the request of law enforcement. But never will we restrict accounts without good reason.
Still, the exchange said aggrieved users must fill out an online form which it will then use to “review if and why your account is restricted.” In cases where an account has been blocked at the behest of a law enforcement agency, Binance “will send you details of who to contact for [the] next steps.”
In concluding its Twitter thread, Binance said it is “committed to working with law enforcement agencies to ensure our community remains safe, and to prevent fraudulent activity throughout the industry. Binance is not scamming you.”
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Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.
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