by Terence Zimwara
As part of regulations that are set to become effective in mid-February, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to inform the Spanish securities watchdog of the contents of any ad that targets over 100,000 people.
The Spanish government has tasked the country’s securities watchdog with authorizing advertisements that promote cryptocurrencies, a report has said. Also, as part of the new measures, crypto-asset investment promoters will be required to notify the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) of any promotional campaign that targets more than 100,000 people some ten days before such a campaign commences.
According to a report, these regulations, which are set to become effective in mid-February, will enable the CNMV to monitor all types of crypto-related advertisements. The regulations will also enable the watchdog to include warnings of risks associated with investing in certain crypto assets.
Meanwhile, the report stated that influencers with more than 100,000 followers will similarly be required to inform the watchdog of any crypto-related investments they intend to promote. This particular requirement further compels influencers to inform their followers of the risks that are associated with the investments they promote.
Explaining the government’s decision to start reining in influential individuals that promote crypto assets, the report cites the CNMV’s public rebuke of Spanish footballer Andres Iniesta back in November. The rebuke followed a tweet from Iniesta that appeared to promote cryptocurrency trading platform Binance.
In scolding the footballer, the CNMV said Iniesta needed to gather enough information about cryptocurrencies before making any investment or recommending this to his 25 million followers on Twitter and 38 million on Instagram.
In the meantime, the CNMV’s decision to target influencers that are being paid to promote crypto-asset investments follows reports that U.S. reality television star, Kim Kardashian, and boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr., are being sued for their role in promoting Ethereummax and the EMAX cryptocurrency token.
In this lawsuit, the plaintiff accuses both Kardashian — who reportedly routinely gets paid for promotional posts — and Mayweather of helping to create sufficient trading volumes allowing Ethereummax token creators to dump EMAX tokens on unsuspecting investors.
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Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.
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