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US lawmakers demand 'diversity information' from 20 cryptocurrency firms



Time:8/5/2022 12:03:57 PM

[U.S. legislators require 20 cryptocurrency companies to provide "diversified information"] Golden Finance reported that Maxine Waters, chairman of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and other members of Congress, including Joyce Beatty, wrote to 20 U.S. cryptocurrency companies, urging them to provide information about their More information on inclusion practices. The letter to the companies included a questionnaire asking crypto companies to describe what diversity and inclusion practices they had implemented in the last year. It is reported that the 20 cryptocurrency companies include Coinbase, FTX, Binance.US, AAVE, etc. The deadline to respond to this letter is September 2. (The Block)

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