P2P LocalBitcoins trading platform which is the most popular bitcoin trading platforms has started to restrict services for their Iranian users. As reported in the altcoin news, creating ads for selling and buying old ads regarding the platform are restricted to Iranian traders.
In the near future, there could be a possibility of closing down the accounts of the users and their Bitcoins on the platform’s wallet. All of the big centralized exchanges such as Binance and Coinbase have previously restricted the users from Iran and some of them even seized their cryptocurrencies. Also, they prevented account setup in the ID phase so many people started using the P2P localbitcoins trading platform for localized trading.
The trading platform does not require any credit card or online payments which is much easier for the unbanked Iranian users. But, since the week started, the policy of the platform changed and threw shade on the Iranian users altogether. LocalBitcoins confirmed that will no longer provide services for the users in the country.
The restrictions increase the risks of insecure transactions since there is no escrow service. The exchanges that want a bigger market and follow the government’s regulations will continuously block Iranian users. This approach is contrary to what Bitcoin is for according to the community as reported in the best cryptocurrency news sites.
Previously, LocalBitcoins, an international peer-to-peer crypto exchange, announced today that the platform will be put under supervision by the Finnish Financial Authority. LocalBitcoins is based in Helsinki, Finland and the platform has stated previously that the parliament of Finland gave approval for the new legislation meant for legalizing crypto assets. The regulator gave a green light on the new Act on Virtual Currency Service Providers which is expected to come into force from November this year.
The new AML measures could improve the general opinion of the exchange and will also protect other users. It is also important that with the new regulation it is expected to increase the crypto adoption. LocalBitcoins is further making sure that the security level on the platform is updated and increased in order to be compliant with the regulatory framework.
The exchange also initiated a registration process so the users can have the ability to verify their identity while signing up to the platform. Each user will have a different type of account depending on the verification process and the type of trading the users will prefer.
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