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Binance accused of retaliating against whistleblower who reported internal market manipulation

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Allegations of Market Manipulation at Binance: Whistleblower Fired for Raising Concerns

The recent exclusive report by The Wall Street Journal has shed light on a controversial situation at Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange. The report alleges that Binance fired the head of its market surveillance team after he raised concerns about potential market manipulation by a high-profile client.

Former Binance insiders revealed to the Journal that the surveillance team had detected suspicious trading activity by DWF Labs, a firm run by a “Lamborghini-loving crypto trader” that had quickly risen to become one of Binance’s top clients. The team’s investigation reportedly uncovered pump-and-dump schemes and wash trading by DWF, which violated the exchange’s terms of use.

Despite the surveillance team’s recommendation to remove DWF from the platform, Binance leadership rejected the findings and terminated the head of the team. This decision led to several other investigators either being laid off or resigning from their positions.

In response to the allegations, Binance issued a statement affirming its commitment to a strict market surveillance program and zero tolerance for market abuse. The exchange highlighted its track record of offboarding users who violate its terms of use and emphasized the importance of maintaining healthy competition and protecting users from manipulation.

DWF Labs also responded to the allegations, calling them unfounded and stating their commitment to integrity, transparency, and ethics in their operations.

This controversy comes at a time when Binance is already facing increased regulatory scrutiny. In 2023, the exchange pleaded guilty to violating US anti-money laundering requirements and agreed to pay significant fines. Founder Changpeng Zhao stepped down as CEO and faced legal consequences.

The dismissal of the whistleblower and his team raises concerns about Binance’s dedication to preventing market abuse on its platform. While the exchange maintains its impartiality and focus on platform safety, the Journal’s report suggests that profitable clients may have been prioritized over market integrity concerns raised by internal investigators.

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