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Tether Keeps Mute Over Plans to Cease Support for USDT Tron

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By Christian Webster - - 5 Mins Read
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Stablecoin giant Tether remains tight-lipped regarding its stance on supporting the Tron network following Circle's recent decision to cease minting its USD Coin (USDC) on the blockchain due to safety concerns.

Despite the growing uncertainty in the crypto sphere, Tether has yet to disclose its intentions regarding the continuation of support for Tron.

In response to queries about Circle's actions, Tether provided a nuanced statement to Cointelegraph, emphasizing that Tether tokens are issued on various blockchains, functioning as transport layers.

Tether asserted its authority to freeze transactions on each directly supported transport layer to fulfill compliance obligations.

The company also reassured the community that it actively monitors the safety standards of each supported transport layer.

Tether's Multichain Presence

With its USDT stablecoin, Tether holds the enviable position as the largest stablecoin in the market, boasting a market capitalization of $97.7 billion.

In comparison, Circle's USDC trails at $28 billion, as reported by CoinGecko.

Tether's broad presence across multiple blockchains positions it as a key player in the cryptocurrency market.

The significance of this issue extends beyond the stablecoin itself, raising questions about the stability of Tether-supported blockchains.

Tether's approach to safety and compliance is crucial in maintaining the trust of the crypto community, especially when faced with potential challenges such as those posed by the Tron network.

Tron Network's Weight in the USDT Ecosystem

Tether's transparency report dated Feb. 21 shows that the Tron network hosts an impressive 52.8 billion USDT, constituting over half of the nearly 101 billion USDT tokens issued across various blockchains.


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Tron maintains over $52 billion worth of USDT on it blockchain | Tether (Transparency report)


This substantial presence on the Tron network underscores its importance in the broader Tether ecosystem.

Tether's commitment to ensuring near-term liquidity for USDT on the Tron network is evident through allocating an additional $76.2 million.

The stability and viability of the Tron network are thus intricately linked to the overall health of Tether, given its significant share of the stablecoin market.

Circle's Exit and Implications for Tron

Circle's abrupt departure from the Tron network has sent shockwaves through the crypto community.

The decision to halt USDC minting on Tron and gradually withdraw support aligns with Circle's commitment to maintaining trust, transparency, and safety for its stablecoin.

The move by Circle has prompted a reevaluation of the safety and integrity of the Tron network, which now faces potential isolation in the stablecoin market.

Tether's silence on whether it will follow in Circle's footsteps amplifies the uncertainty surrounding Tron's future as a supported blockchain.

Controversies Surrounding Tron and Tether

The Tron network, despite its substantial role in hosting Tether tokens, has been subject to controversy.

In January, a United Nations report shed light on the illicit use of USDT on the Tron blockchain, particularly in cyber fraud and money laundering cases in Southeast Asia.

The report emphasized the ease, anonymity, and low transaction fees as contributing factors.

Tether swiftly disputed these allegations, pointing out that the UN report overlooked USDT's traceability and the company's track record of collaborating with law enforcement agencies.

In recent months, Tether highlighted its proactive stance in freezing over $300 million worth of USDT involved in criminal activities.

Notably, $225 million was frozen in November 2023 as part of a United States investigation into a Southeast Asian human trafficking syndicate.

Allegations Against Tron

Ethics watchdog group Campaign for Accountability added fuel to the fire by writing to United States senators, alleging Tron's involvement in multiple international law enforcement actions related to transactions by organized crime groups and sanctioned entities.

These claims raise serious concerns about the network's integrity and its role in facilitating illicit activities.

The situation escalated further when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took legal action against the Tron Foundation and its founder, Justin Sun, in March 2023.

The SEC alleged that they offered unregistered securities and engaged in manipulative trading practices.

Justin Sun vehemently denies these allegations, setting the stage for a legal battle that could impact Tron's standing in the cryptocurrency market.