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Major Client Accused of Market Manipulation at Binance: Investigators Launch Investigation

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Allegations of Market Manipulation Surrounding Binance and DWF Labs

The cryptocurrency exchange Binance is under scrutiny for its handling of potential market manipulation, with allegations against Web3 investment and market making firm DWF Labs. Investigators have identified $300 million worth of wash trades allegedly conducted by DWF Labs, a practice that artificially inflates prices or trading volume.

Binance established a team in 2022 to investigate suspicious trading practices, leading to the identification of hundreds of users violating the exchange’s terms of service. The team found clients engaging in wash trading and pump-and-dump schemes, with a focus on DWF Labs for manipulating the price of the YGG token and other cryptocurrencies.

Despite these findings, Binance did not take action against DWF Labs, citing inconclusive evidence. The head of the investigative team was fired after an internal inquiry found no wrongdoing by DWF Labs. Binance has disputed the allegations, stating it has a robust market surveillance framework to combat market abuse.

DWF Labs has denied the allegations, emphasizing their commitment to integrity and transparency. Binance has offboarded nearly 355,000 users for violating terms of use in the past three years, with a transaction volume exceeding $2.5 trillion. The exchange maintains that its investigation team remains neutral and unbiased in evaluating evidence of market manipulation.

The controversy highlights the challenges faced by cryptocurrency exchanges in regulating market activities and ensuring fair trading practices. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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