ByteCoin and Binance Involved in Market Manipulation

Bytecoin (BCN) is in the news again for its listing on Binance, and this helped in its price surge by 130% today. But there was a widespread speculation in the social media that Bytecoin and Binance were involved in market manipulation. Let’s discuss this in detail.

History of Bytecoin

Bytecoin is another privacy-focused coin like Monero, Zcash or Dash helping in hiding users’ transactions and concealing senders’ addresses. Bytecoin was started in 2012, and it was the first to implement the Cryptonote algorithm. Monero and Dash are forks of Bytecoin. Many big exchanges have listed BCN, and this has helped in its adoption. Monero forked from BCN, citing the reason that the latter is highly centralized with 82% of the coins being premined and held by some unknown actors.

Controversy in Biance Listing

Bytecoin got listed today on one of the biggest exchanges in the world: Binance. This, in turn, helped the price of the coin to surge by 130 %. But, experts and crypto community point to many red flags regarding this listing and also the price surge that followed.

It was widely reported that 693 million BCN were artificially created out of thin air. And social media was abuzz with reports that this 693 million was then given to Binance for getting it listed. The news spread like wild wire all across the social media and below is a tweet from one of the people following it.


In short, 700 million was printed out of thin air and paid as bribe to Binance for listing.

Bytecoin and Binance Involved in Market Manipulation

Another controversy that was widely shared in social media is that the Bytecoin management and Binance were involved in the inorganic price rise of Bytecoin to an extent of 130% in a short period of time. We would like to explain it in detail to our readers on what might have happened with Bytecoin (BCN), as it was said and shared in social media that it coule be one of the most sophisticated pumps and dumps.

BCN was trading at around 72 satoshis on both HitBTC and Poloniex; there was a surge of 30% when the news broke out that it would be listed on Binance. When it was listed on Binance, the price was 300 satoshis and it slowly rose to 2320 satoshi on Binance, whereas the price remained the same on HitBTC and Poloniex at 190 satoshis. To put this into perspective, the circulating supply of BCN is 183,878,867,869 (taken from CMC), whereas the current price on Binance is 0.22$. This puts BCN on a market cap of $40 billion; right on the third position, between Ethereum and Ripple.
Withdrawals from HitBTC and Poloniex were not working nor were the BCN web wallets. When checking their blockchain explorer, no new blocks have been mined for the past 2 hours. Since the time trading started, only 46 blocks have been mined, containing a total of 997 transactions. The number of transactions that went through seems very small for a coin that just went up over 32x in a few hours. Thus, most investors are not able to sell their BCN on Binance. This still caused a 150%+ surge on exchanges such as HitBTC and Poloniex.
Not saying that the Bytecoin team is involved, but it seems very shady that their coin got listed at a time that (nearly) no one can move their token towards Binance. More importantly, we think it’s strange that Binance still listed a coin that is (nearly) impossible to move around and thus easy to manipulate.
Not only by listing BCN, but also by keeping trading enabled while there’s such a huge price discrepancy between different exchanges, and also while there’s no ability to arbitrage it. We’ve seen the same kind of pumps happening before on coins that couldn’t be moved around, for example, Bitcoin Diamond.

Anger on Social Media

Many expressed their anger on social media. Below are some of the angry tweets.




Exchanges like Binance can be more careful and responsible during the listing of new coins to avoid such issues.


  1. I believe they used our coins while they were in transit to our wallets for 2 days!!! They kept us from trading our own coins that we spent our own money on. Absolutely disgusting… there should be compensation for this fiasco!

  2. My BCN coins finally showed up after 2 days and when the price was back to normal… ! VERY SHADY. Was not able to trade then and got ripped off . There should be compensations for Loyal Investors who were locked out of being able to trade their coins for 2 days!!! This is the reason why there will probably be regulation unfortunately…. Not for our complaining but for the repeated shady actions of these companies and the exchanges steeling profits from Investors. ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE

  3. So where where my coins for two days!!! instead of in my Binsnce wallet where I could’ve exchanged and made more investments. My coins finally showed up two days later after they were back to original market price. Unreal. Felt like a real Ponzi scheme. Anyone bashing anyone for being upset was obviously part of the scheme.The only responses on this form so far or about grammatical error instead of the issue at hand. Also very shady. Everyone’s response is asking if we want regulation? A response is not asking for the regulation the shady actions of these companies are asking for more regulation. Everyone’s response is asking if we want regulation? A response is not asking for the regulation the shady actions of these companies are asking for more regulation. Unbelievable

  4. Might want to spell check you’re article. Has a few grammatical errors.

    1. In the two sentences you’ve somehow managed to write, you’ve already managed to make a grammatical error lol Doesn’t sit well that you are trying to teach grammar. (You’re should be YOUR)

  5. The BCN volume at Poloniex and HitBTC was also high, they closed the BCN withdrawal option. That made the market dry up and BCN sky rocketing. It is purely Poloniex and HitBTC who manipulate the market.

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