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Binance Argues it Does Not Charge 400 Bitcoin For Listing

Changpeng Zhao
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Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has officially stated that the company does not charge 400 bitcoin ($2.5 million) to list cryptocurrencies on its platform. Last week, cryptocurrency researcher Christopher Franko claimed that Binance, the world’s largest digital asset exchange, has been charging cryptocurrencies a listing fee of 400 BTC to integrate them on its exchange.

Franko cited a screenshot of an email with the address [email protected], an address which allegedly said that it costs 400 BTC to list Expanse, his blockchain project, on the exchange.

However, on August 12, Changpeng Zhao released an official statement refuting the claims of Franko, saying that the exchange does not list cryptocurrencies for 400 BTC or even 4,000 BTC without conducting due diligence and putting them through a rigorous verification process.

“We don’t list shitcoins even if they pay 400 or 4,000 BTC. ETH/NEO/XRP/EOS/XMR/LTC/more listed with no fee. Question is not ‘how much does Binance charge to list?’ but ‘is my coin good enough?’ It’s not the fee, it’s your project! Focus on your own project!”

“Also, the email Franko showed is a spoofed/scam email, not from Binance. Binance never quote fees in email, and not in BTC. Project owners should be able to spot email spoofing, those who can’t should not issue a coin. The communication process/method tells a lot about a coin,” he added.

As a commercial company and an exchange, similar to the way major stock markets require listing fees and maintenance costs prior to listing new assets, it is appropriate for Binance and any other cryptocurrency exchange to accept a listing fee to integrate a cryptocurrency into its platform.

The amount of the fee involved in the listing process is irrelevant, whether that is 4 BTC, 40 BTC, 400 BTC, or 4,000 BTC, as blockchain projects that see merit in the listing, even with a high fee, will take the offer, and that is how the free market works. If there is enough demand and low supply, the price of a product inevitably goes up.

But Changpeng Zhao stated that Binance does not blindly accept listing fees to integrate cryptocurrencies, which is important for the users of Binance, as it demonstrates that even for a large amount of capital, the exchange does not list cryptocurrencies that are not legitimate.