Coinbase CEO blasts Apple’s “restrictive” policies towards crypto and DeFi Coinbase CEO blasts Apple’s “restrictive” policies towards crypto and DeFi
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Coinbase CEO blasts Apple’s “restrictive” policies towards crypto and DeFi

with insights from Brian Armstrong
Coinbase CEO blasts Apple’s “restrictive” policies towards crypto and DeFi

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Apple, the Californian producer of software and consumer electronics, has been no fan of cryptocurrency ever since the sector gained steam back in 2012.

But until its competitors, like Google PlayStore — which is relatively better in terms of supporting the listing of crypto apps — Apple’s anti-crypto policies have proven difficult for entrepreneurs in the space hoping to cater to the iOS market.

And it’s not only smaller upstarts facing the burnt. Even behemoths like Coinbase —  a firm rumored to have an $8 billion valuation as per earlier reports — face perennial issues, which CEO Brian Armstrong detailed in a Twitter thread last week.

Coinbase CEO questions Apple policies

Armstrong started off by noting, “Why would Apple want to prevent people from earning money during a recession? They seem to not be ok with it if it uses cryptocurrency. This is what our Coinbase Earn product does.” He was referring to the broader burrowing and lending market in the crypto space, one that was gained prominence in recent months across both centralized players and “DeFi” protocols like Curve and Yearn Finance.

He then stated that even while Coinbase liaises with Apple to develop a product that conforms with the latter’s policies, it ends up diminishing the user experience. “We sometimes end up in bizarre negotiations with them, modifying the product, and asking users to jump through hoops (do a task on mobile, then move to the web to claim your reward!) to comply with their guidelines,” said Armstrong.

Armstrong said that DeFi and dApps are a “major area of innovation in financial services that has seen rapid growth lately.” The firm has listed several DeFi-centric projects in recent times, such as Compound and YFI. However, Apple’s policies mean users cannot easily interact with the networks via Coinbase.

He explained the view:

“There are many unbanked and underbanked people in the world who have no ability to get a loan to buy a home or start a business, so this kind of technology has enormous potential to improve the world over time, even if it is still early days.”

He ended:

“Recently Apple announced a way for developers to suggest updates to the App Store policies. Our team is planning to submit a formal request for Apple to allow its users to earn crypto and see a list of decentralized finance apps.”

Apple policies understandable?

Meanwhile, not everyone was against Apple’s decision to delist crypto applications based on security issues and consumer concerns. The general consensus was that Apple had a good reason to disallow cryptocurrencies based on the infamous aspects of the crypto market — the frauds, the scams, and the malicious actors.

 “CryptoWhale,” a popular, anonymous commentator of the crypto markets on Twitter, said of the Coinbase CEO’s comments:

Gabor Gurbacs, the director of digital assets at ETF provider VanEck, shared the sentiment:

Which side are you on?

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