SEC’s Bitcoin ETF Handling Draws Criticism, FBI Probe 

SEC is mired in controversy after Bitcoin ETF approval, as FBI launches investigation into the fake tweet.

Gary Gensler takes no blame for the mess surronding him.
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  • SEC officially approves Bitcoin ETFs, facing criticism over communication.
  • SEC’s Twitter account hacked, falsely announcing Bitcoin ETF approval.
  • Bitcoin price spiked briefly following the false announcement.

The crypto space has been abuzz with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of a Spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF). The financial instrument marks a pivotal moment for Bitcoin as it integrates cryptocurrency into traditional financial markets. 

However, this event has been overshadowed by a series of miscommunications and errors from the SEC. This includes a breach of its official Twitter account, which prompted an FBI investigation into the matter. Other mishandling include the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) listings for the ETF, which were posted and then inexplicably withdrawn from the public domain. 

SEC’s Bitcoin ETF Controversies

The approval of a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been fraught with controversies and missteps. 


The first in a series of mishaps was the hacking of the SEC’s Twitter account. On January 9, 2024, a compromised tweet falsely announced the approval of the Bitcoin ETF, causing immediate market turmoil. 

Adding to the confusion, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) listed several Bitcoin ETFs, which were later withdrawn. These actions, documented on the SEC’s website, added to the uncertainty.

Finally, on Wednesday, January 10, just hours before the official approval, there was another instance of miscommunication. Namely, the SEC prematurely announced the approval of the Bitcoin ETF during market trading hours in a statement that was meant to be internal. 

FBI Probes Fake SEC Tweet

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has entered the fray following the SEC’s mismanagement of the Bitcoin ETF approval process. The investigation focuses on the hacking of the SEC’s Twitter account, publishing false information about the Bitcoin ETF approval. 


Following the false announcement, the price of Bitcoin experienced a rapid surge, followed by a sudden sharp decline, causing concern over market manipulation. The FBI probe also aims to uncover the nature of the security breach and assess potential insider involvement. 

The crypto community’s response to these events has been a mixture of frustration and calls for accountability. High-profile figures in the cryptocurrency world, including Anthony Scaramucci, have publicly criticized the SEC’s handling of the matter.

On the Flipside

  • The credibility of regulatory announcements is crucial for maintaining investor trust and market stability. Incidents like these can undermine the already shaken confidence in regulators. 
  • The immediate market reaction to the SEC’s false announcement demonstrates the sensitivity of the cryptocurrency market to regulatory news.  

Why This Matters

The controversy surrounding the SEC’s Bitcoin ETF approval process, coupled with the FBI investigation, underscores the challenges and responsibilities of regulatory bodies in managing emerging markets. 

Read more about Bitcoin Spot ETFs: 
What Is a Spot Bitcoin ETF, and Why Is It So Important?

Read more about the community reaction to Bitcoin ETF approval:
Crypto Twitter Unruffled By Bitcoin ETF Approval

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.