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Vitalik Buterin: Singapore’s Current Crypto Regulation Is Not Working – Here’s Why

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Ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin says the Monetary Authority of Singapore is enforcing a regulatory approach to crypto he calls a “tough balance”.

While he appreciates some of the regulator’s policy choices, he also states that the MAS is at risk of following in the footsteps of many other regulators from across the world who view crypto as “weird and scary”.“I definitely appreciate the amount of effort that [the Singaporean regulators] have been putting into it, and their willingness to explore many different kinds of applications and be supportive,” Buterin told local paper The Strait Times in an interview, replying to a question about the MAS’s approach to crypto regulation. “It’s interesting their willingness to try to make a distinction between blockchain usage and cryptocurrency.

On the other hand, it’s sort of the mindset that every regulator has in that you want to be supportive of technology and making things easier for people, but you find cryptocurrency weird and scary,” according to the entrepreneur.

Buterin admitted that a string of recent developments and scandals that have shaken the global crypto sector could push regulators to enforce tighter regulations on the industry. “The thing about the cryptosphere is that it’s high variance, and if you get a certain kind of reputation, it’s very easy to accidentally attract all of the Do Kwons,” he said, making a reference to the highly controversial co-founder of the collapsed Terra Luna ecosystem.

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