FTX addresses user withdrawal complaints amid major token movement
Cryptocurrency exchange FTX took to Twitter to address user complaints surrounding sluggish withdrawals. FTX assured users that everything is running smoothly with the matching engine, although node throughput is limited for Bitcoin (BTC) withdrawals.
In the series of tweets, the exchange also addressed stablecoin withdrawals, saying redemptions or creations might be slow until banks open for the week and wires clear.
Meanwhile, the community on Twitter had mixed reactions regarding FTX’s response. Some users tweeted their support of the exchange while others expressed their skepticism:
Telling everyone how fine you are is the first red flag you are not
— dogterdogter (@dogterdogter) November 7, 2022
Users on Reddit also expressed alarm toward the developments likening the situation to Celsius halting withdrawals and misleading its users prior to the platform’s collapse.
These issues come as the exchange faces major liquidations of its native FTX token (FTT) as a result of an unspoken feud with rival exchange and blockchain developer Binance.
Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the CEO of Binance, said the company will liquidate the entirety of its holdings of FTT. In a tweet on Nov. 6, the CZ said the move came as a result of, “recent revelations that have came to light.”
Follow-up tweets by CZ called the move a type of risk management with lessons taken from the Terra collapse earlier this year. He also commented on the recent actions of FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who allegedly lobbied against centralized finance. In a tweet from CZ, he added:
“We won’t support people who lobby against other industry players behind their backs.”
According to on-chain analysis, around 23 million FTT, or $520 million at the time of writing, was transferred to Binance from an unknown wallet.
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Bankman-Fried also tweeted his own response to the situation, in which he emphasized it being the time to build up the space. Also saying he respected the work of many in the industry, including CZ.
5) Because I respect the hell out of what y’all have done to build the industry as we see it today, whether or not they reciprocate, and whether or not we use the same methods.
Anyway — as always — it’s time to build.
Make love (and blockchain), not war.
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) November 6, 2022
In light of the liquidations and community buzz, market analysts speculate that FTT could face serious price plunges. At the time of writing, the price hovers around $22.60.