Paxful CEO preaches Bitcoin self-custody, advises against crypto exchange

The case for self-custody grows stronger as buyers demand proof of their belongings over crypto exchanges. While some CEOs selected to double down on assuring the funds’ security on their platforms, Ray Youssef, the CEO of crypto exchange Paxful, sided with the thought of self-custody as he took duty for over 11 million customers.

The fall of FTX was an eye-opener for buyers who predominantly entrusted crypto exchanges with safeguarding their belongings. FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, nonetheless, broke this belief by misappropriating customers’ funds by way of Alameda Research. Ever since, quite a few exchanges needed to share pockets info as proof of reserves publicly.

In a Twitter publish, Youssef distanced himself from “others within the trade,” reiterating that he by no means touched buyers’ cash, including that:

“My sole duty is to assist and serve you. That’s why at the moment I’m messaging all of our [Paxful] customers to maneuver your Bitcoin to self-custody. You mustn’t preserve your saving on Paxful, or any exchange, and solely preserve what you commerce right here.”

Youssef will ship weekly emails to customers strongly advising against storing cryptocurrencies on all crypto exchanges, together with Paxful. The entrepreneur additional highlighted the issue with trusting custodians resembling SBF, stating that “you’re on the mercy of […] their morals.”

Thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin (BTC) — as an asset — is shielded from centralized management and manipulation. Youssef identified this distinctive alternative that Bitcoin brings to the desk — “the possibility to lastly be in management.”

While he strongly suggested customers to take whole management over their belongings, Youssef assured their funds’ security for buyers that select to retailer their Bitcoin on Paxful. Moreover, the entrepreneur plans to take away Ether (ETH) from Paxful as a tradable asset citing the dearth of integrity in comparison with the Bitcoin ecosystem.

The plan to delist Ether from Paxful got here after Jeremy Garcia, the founder and CEO of Satoshi’s Journal, pointed out Ethereum’s poorly designed protocol.

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SBF made the headlines after revealing his plan to begin a brand new enterprise for repaying the FTX buyers.

“I’d give something to have the ability to do this. And I’m going to strive if I can,” the notorious entrepreneur mentioned when not too long ago requested by BBC throughout an interview if he’d begin a brand new enterprise to repay FTX customers.