The Malaysian Luno community has once again overreacted to the global markets creating internal FUD among its own users. The source of FUD comes from a TikTok video and tweet from Bicara Krypto that was shared inside their Facebook community groups.
@bicarakrypto Replying to @mohdhafizal14 Perhatian kepada pengguna LUNO. #luno #lunomalaysia #genesistrading #cryptomalaysia #crypto #merkletreeaudit #proofofreserve #bitcoin #bitcoinmalaysia ♬ Suspense, horror, piano and music box – takaya
Ironically, the Luno Savings Wallet is a feature that is not operational in Malaysia. This FUD also comes hours after a public statement from Luno Malaysia was made that Malaysian investors were not affected, raising questions on the credibility of crypto influencers.
The source of concern is valid albeit ignorant, given that Luno Malaysia is stringently regulated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia, making it the first touchpoint for cryptocurrencies in Malaysia.
In his tweet, Bicara Krypto called out Luno on his findings about the companies involvement with Genesis, demanding to have his concerns answered. In the same thread, he proceeded to provide his two-cents suggestion to the global exchange on guidelines for operational transparency with a Merkle-tree audit.
The network effect of FUD sourced from both the video and tweet reshares had set a fire that spread within the community groups causing panic within Luno investors faster than the ongoing FTX contagion.
I would like to get your clarification on this matter. As for my suggestion, I find it most exchanges have expressed their commitment to conducting a Merkle tree audit report to show full transparency of their Crypto holdings and I hope @LunoGlobal will be committed to doing so.— Bicara-Krypto (multichain) (@BicaraKrypto) November 16, 2022
In swift response, Luno promptly wrote a crisis management statement outlining its approach to transparency and responsible business. They also included the details of its commitment to proof-of-reserves audits released every quarter, conducted by Mazars, a French based independent global audit firm.
In their statement, they assured the funds are safe and customers will “retain full access to their cryptocurrency held in all Luno wallets including the Savings Wallet.”
Naturally, no apology or acknowledgement of misconduct was made from the source of FUD. If there’s anything to learn from this, always question findings on crypto twitter.
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