KuCoin, one of world's largest crypto exchanges, is reportedly facing internal issues. The company has reportedly laid off around 30 percent of its workforce in recent days, after it tightened its KYC policy that is known to have slashed the traffic on its platform. The news of these internal layoffs at KuCoin have stirred concerns among members of the crypto community, who take these incidences as indicators of the health of the companies involved, as well as of the overall crypto sector.
Johnny Lyu, the CEO of KuCoin, appeared to defend the reported layoffs. The CEO tweeted a clarification noting that the company's finances were not an issue and that hiring and firing employees were part of day-to-day corporate functioning.
“KuCoin is operating smoothly. Our recent H1 2023 report shows strong growth in users and new listings, and our talented team is expanding steadily. The crypto world changes fast. To stay on top, we regularly evaluate our org structure based on employee performance and company development. So, it is not layoffs, and it is all about making the organisation more dynamic and competitive,” Lyu tweeted in a thread.
The tip about KuCoin firing staff members was circulated by Colin Wu, a Chinese reporter, who claimed he was informed about the development by KuCoin employees.
In his tweet, Wu also mentioned that KuCoin's updated KYC requirements have affected the firm's business.
Back in June, the exchange decided to become more aligned with the global Anti-Money Laundering regulations. To do so, all its existing as well as new users were mandated to complete their KYC documentation to be able to access all its services.
With these changes in KuCoin's KYC system, the platform said it was looking to increase its self-reliance over security provisions in terms of identifying its users better and reporting suspicious potential criminals timely.
Potentially notorious users of KuCoin may have decreased their engagement with the platform in the wake of these new KYC requirements, affecting the company's business.
Meanwhile, the crypto market itself has been having a bear run for a while. Owing to back-to-back interest rate hikes in the US as well as regularity uncertainty shadowing the global Web3 sector, investors exited in plenty, negatively impacting the digital assets sector.
At this point, Bitcoin is trading at its one-month low value of $29,151 (roughly Rs. 23.8 lakh).
The global crypto sector may see some positive development once India announces some regulatory framework to govern the industry on a global basis under its ongoing G20 presidency, likely by December this year.
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