Insider NFT Trading Is a Thing Now

Insider NFT Trading Is a Thing Now

Chinese cryptocurrency news platform 8BTC also claims to have analyzed the wallet activity allegedly connected to Chastain and says that he netted the equivalent of some $67,000 in Ether coin (ETH).

After a brief online furor, OpenSea responded to users complaints with a blog post, published Wednesday, that promised changes. The post does not openly identify Chastain as the person involved in the dealings. Instead, it says:

“Yesterday we learned that one of our employees purchased items that they knew were set to display on our front page before they appeared there publicly. This is incredibly disappointing. We want to be clear that this behavior does not represent our values as a team. We are taking this very seriously and are conducting an immediate and thorough review of this incident so that we have a full understanding of the facts and additional steps we need to take.”

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The company further stated that it had instituted new rules that forbid OpenSea team members from buying or selling specific NFT products while the company is promoting them, or from “using confidential information” to buy and sell them.

In my own humble opinion, NFTs are already such an exorbitant waste of time and money (often derided as digital Beanie Babies for hapless rich people) that a development like this doesn’t seem all that surprising. The relatively regulation-less sphere of crypto ensures that behavior that would be illegal in other industries is, in NFT-land, just a shitty, albeit lawful, price of doing business.

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