BlockFi controls Platform functionality, including termination of client withdrawals

Crypto lender BlockFi has halted client withdrawals on its platform as part of a wider range of platform actions in the wake of FTX’s collapse.

The company said in a Nov. 11 tweet that “uncertainty regarding the status of, FTX US and Alameda” prevented it from operating normally.

As a result, it said it has limited platform activity until it gets more clarity on the developing situation.

The company also asks customers not to make deposits into BlockFi wallets or interest accounts at this time.

This comes days after a November 8 Twitter thread in which BlockFi founder and COO Flori Marquez assured users that BlockFi products will be fully functional because they received a $400 million loan from FTX US. One affected by liquidity crunch.

Marquez’s comment that BlockFi will “remain an independent company until at least July 2023” may be a reference to the agreement with FTX US that gave them a line of credit, in which FTX US was given the option to purchase BlockFi at a variable price. Up to $240 million.

However, FTX US’s latest developments, including a banner at the top of the FTX US website saying “Trading on FTX US may be suspended “In a few days” has raised questions about the financial impact of FTX’s fall on its US side.

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The crypto community didn’t take well to the sudden change in language coming out of Blockchain 12 hours ago. was assured Customers will “continue as usual with all crypto transactions, including withdrawals.”

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Kevin Baffrath, CEO of HouseHack and a YouTuber with 1.85 million subscribers, pointed to a similar turn in Sam Bankman-Fried’s public comments before the FTX crash.