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SEC Forges Ahead with Bitcoin ETF Decision Despite Social Media Hack

Despite a recent hack of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) social media account, the regulatory body is expected to proceed with its decision on approving spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) this week.

On January 9th, the SEC’s Twitter account, known as the “X account,” was compromised, leading to an unauthorized post claiming that spot Bitcoin ETFs had been approved in the United States.

Although the message was removed approximately 20 minutes later, it caused significant disruption on social media and in the financial markets.

The SEC has reported that it is cooperating with law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident thoroughly.

Some observers have expressed concerns that this incident might be exploited as an excuse to delay the decision beyond the anticipated deadline of January 10th.

However, many consider this to be a remote possibility. Dennis Porter, CEO of Satoshi Action Fund, suggested that the SEC’s intentions would determine whether they might use this event to slow down the ETF approval process.

Porter remains optimistic that the SEC will grant approval to the spot Bitcoin ETF applicants on January 10th.

He stated that information from his contacts suggests that the ETF could be approved as early as this week or even as soon as tomorrow.

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U.S. attorney and commercial litigator Joe Carlasare also believes that the SEC is likely to make a decision by the January 10th deadline.

He considers it extremely unlikely that the incident would lead the SEC to delay the approval or rejection of the ETFs.

However, Mati Greenspan, from cryptocurrency-focused finance firm Quantum Economics, raised the possibility that the SEC might attempt to use the false post as a pretext for a delay.

He mentioned that regulatory agencies have used various tactics to influence the markets in the past.

Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas remains optimistic, anticipating the official approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs sometime between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm Eastern Time on January 10th.

Digital asset lawyer Anthony Tu-Sekine of Seward and Kissel expressed skepticism that the incident would impact the likelihood of approvals at this late stage.

He found it puzzling that someone would engage in such actions when approval was already widely anticipated.

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