In his tweet, McAfee has clearly mentioned his disassociation with ICOs to the point where he no more recommends them to his crypto-fans. McAfee has also hinted toward arrest of those involved in any ICO-related activities. However, the nature of the mentioned threats is yet unclear and demands more clarity.
This latest development is a sequel to McAfee’s June 14 tweet on the SEC’s labeling of ICO tokens as securities. While promising that he would fight the Commission “with every last breath,” McAfee did say that he would submit to the law.
Earlier in June, he challenged SEC chairman, Jay Clayton, to a debate over the status of ICO tokens. The SEC previously issued warnings to celebrities who endorse cryptocurrency ICO projects. According to the regulatory agency, such endorsements might be unlawful — especially in the absence of full disclosure of direct/indirect compensation on the part of the celebrity in question.
It was not long ago when McAfee challenged Jay Clayton, the Chairman of SEC to take a seat in a cryptocurrency debate with him on CNN after Clayton’s statement that reads:
“Replace the dollar, the yen, the euro with Bitcoin. That type of currency is not a security.. Where I give you my money and you go off and make a venture… and in return for me giving you my money, you say, ‘You know what, I’m going to give you a return.’ That is a security, and we regulate that. We regulate the offering of that security, and we regulate the trading of that security.”
SEC, in its official statements, had triggered agitation among crypto-community; and McAfee went ballistic with his tweets on the issue.
Despite being a polarizing and controversial figure, McAfee is a major figure within the industry. According to his “cryptocurrency team,” McAfee’s ICO endorsement tweets are prolific, with only one tweet capable of attracting millions of dollars in investments.
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