SEC’s Gensler says BTC, ETH ‘not securities’ in a newly surfaced video
A newly surfaced video featuring Gary Gensler from 2018 has made the rounds on social media, showing the now-chair of the United States securities regulator again stating that multiple cryptocurrencies are “not securities.”
On June 12 multiple Twitter accounts shared the video, which is understood to come from a 2018 event hosted by Bloomberg for institutional investors.
“Over 70% of the crypto market is Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash. Why did I name those four? They’re not securities,” Gensler says in the video.
Chair Gensler in 2018 at a Bloomberg conference in NYC:
“Bitcoin. Ether. Litecoin. Bitcoin Cash. Why did I name those four? They’re not securities.”
What’s Goldman Gary going to say about this one? Deep fake? pic.twitter.com/p7DJlYkJIt
— Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) June 12, 2023
At the time, Gensler was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the video predating his appointment as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission by approximately two years.
It appears to contrast with Gensler’s more recent actions at the SEC, which has seen the regulator initiate a flurry of enforcement action on the crypto space in the past few months.
In his capacity as SEC chair, he has suggested that all cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin (BTC) are securities. In total, the SEC has labeled at least 68 cryptocurrencies as securities in various lawsuits, though none of the four cryptocurrencies mentioned in the 2018 video have made it on this list.
The comments in the video are, however, another contrast from Gensler’s more recent views on Ether (ETH). The SEC chair was pressed for his answer on if ETH was security before a U.S. House Committee in April, but he refused to answer.
Gary Gensler and Representative McHenry arguing on whether $ETH is a commodity or a security, with Gensler unable to answer the question pic.twitter.com/DTMtazYmuS
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) April 19, 2023
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Other videos of Gensler taken around his time at MIT have also surfaced this year showing him making similar comments about crypto.
In a 2019 video that circulated in April, Gensler called Algorand (ALGO) “great technology.” The same week the video circulated, the SEC sued crypto exchange Bittrex and claimed ALGO was a security in its complaint, with many in the crypto space calling the SEC chair a hypocrite.
In another video dated 2018 that circulated in April, Gensler is seen teaching a class at MIT and claims that three-quarters of the market i“non-securities.”
The below clip is from a Fall 2018 Graduate MIT course called “Blockchain and Money”
Gary Gensler – the current President of the SEC, was the professor.
The Hypocrisy speaks for itself
“So we already know in the US and in many other jurisdictions that 3/4 of the market… pic.twitter.com/rjRWeq5P8X
— zk- (@ZK_shark) April 25, 2023
“It’s just a commodity, cash, crypto,” Gensler goes on to say in the video.
While Gensler’s comments came at a time before he chaired the SEC, many in the crypto space have claimed his actions are hypocritical. One U.S. lawmaker introduced a bill with the intention of firing Gensler, claiming that he’s abusing his power.
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