Thailand Bans Meme Coins and NFT Trading in New Regulation

Jafrin  |  Jun 15, 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand and its Board of Directors have approved new rules governing digital asset platforms. From now on, crypto exchanges can no longer trade meme-based tokens, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and exchange-issued tokens in the country.

Thailand Bans NFT, Digital Exchange, & Meme Tokens Trading

Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced banning meme tokens, exchange-issued tokens, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Last week, crypto exchanges were ordered to delist the coins, along with NFTs, utility tokens, and social tokens, within 30 days.

Per the SEC, “This new regulatory guideline aims to enhance protection of digital asset traders’ interest.”

Even though, the regulatory agency did not specify the exact coins, meme-based cryptocurrencies, like Dogecoin (DOGE) and Shiba Inu coin (SHIB) are likely to be affected.

The Thai SEC defines meme tokens as those which have “no clear objective or substance or underlying (value),” and whose price relies on social media trends.

According to the SEC, the new rules are aimed at protecting traders from tokens that have "no clear objective or substance" and whose prices are influenced by social media trends and influencers.

The ban also prohibits exchanges from listing non-fungible tokens. Notably, the SEC is not banning the issuance of NFTs but only banning the trading of these digital assets.

In addition, the Thai SEC also announced banning exchange tokens issued by crypto exchanges that cut transaction fees for those who hold them,

Exchanges Have 30 Days to comply With the New Regulation

The exchanges are required to comply and revise their listing rules in accordance with the Notification within 30 days from the effective date thereof.

The regulators warned that token issuers failing to comply with their white papers and relevant rules risk having their tokens delisted from the exchange, noting that “After publication in the Government Gazette, the Notification has become effective from 11 June 2021 onwards without retrospective effect.”

Earlier this month, the SEC announced its intentions to further regulate crypto by stating  “The issuance of digital tokens must be authorized and overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

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