‘They’re Unethical’: Crypto Ads on London’s Public Transport Slammed by British Parliamentarian

The three-week-long pro-crypto ad campaign was funded by an anonymous group.

‘They’re Unethical’: Crypto Ads on London’s Public Transport Slammed by British Parliamentarian

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Floki Inu is a dog coin inspired by meme-based Dogecoin

Highlights
  • Allowing crypto ads is not appreciated by UK lawmaker
  • Questions raised on Floki Inu ads in London’s buses, underground stations
  • The pro-crypto ad campaign was funded by an anonymous group

British parliamentarian Sian Berry has questioned the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, about crypto advertisements that have been featuring on the Transport for London (TfL) vehicles. Calling them “unethical”, Berry said these advertisements featuring dog coin Floki Inu should have raised “red flags”. The development comes just days after three advertisements for crypto products were approved to be displayed on the subway and bus stations under Tfl. Posters depicting the crypto coin's logo were part of the campaign.

“Where the advert says ‘this is completely unregulated, you may lose all your money', they ought to have had second thoughts. I don't think cryptocurrency ads should be on the network. They're unethical,” The Guardian quoted Berry as saying .

The pro-crypto ad campaign was funded by an anonymous group, details of which still remain unknown.

The development has garnered mixed public reactions on Twitter

Meanwhile, the crypto culture is rapidly expanding in the UK.

Earlier in September, PayPal allowed its customers in the UK to trade in cryptocurrencies.

News about UK nationals trying to find ways to support cryptocurrency mining via renewable energy sources have also made headlines in the recent past.

The number of cryptocurrency users in the UK has surged by 558 percent since the beginning of 2018 when just three percent of the population — 1.5 million people — owned some, a recent report by research firm Finder had claimed.

With this growth, crypto scams are also growing in the region. .

Analyst firm Chainalysis in a recent report revealed that at least $815 million (roughly Rs. 6,135 crore) was sent in crypto to scam projects from Eastern European countries between July 2020 and June 2021.


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Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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