FEB 1, 2024
Floki Inu acts in response to Hong Kong SFC’s warning
Meme coin project Floki Inu has implemented restrictions on users in Hong Kong from accessing its staking programs following a warning from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).
Last week, the regulatory body labeled Floki’s staking initiatives as “suspicious investment products’’ and urged caution among investors. On Jan. 26, it specifically cautioned Hong Kong users about the Floki and TokenFi staking programs, emphasizing the promised annualized returns ranging from 30% to over 100%. The Commission expressed concern over investment products that make claims of returns deemed “too good to be true.”
Staking program access block in Hong Kong
Responding to the SFC’s warning, Floki Inu took proactive steps to prevent users in Hong Kong from participating in its staking programs. In an official blog post which was published on Tuesday, the project’s team announced the implementation of “practical measures” to block Hong Kong-based users from joining the staking programs. Additionally, prominent warnings have been placed on the Floki and TokenFi staking websites, clearly stating the ineligibility of Hong Kong users to participate.
The SFC emphasized that neither of the mentioned investment products holds authorization in Hong Kong, warning that unauthorized schemes provide limited to no protection under its Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO). Investors engaging in such unauthorized schemes may face the risk of losing their entire investments.
Addressing regulatory concerns
Floki Inu’s team has responded to the regulatory concerns by actively collaborating with legal advisers to address potential regulatory issues associated with the staking project. The team committed to responsible community practices, while affirming its dedication to implementing measures to prevent Hong Kong users from participating in the staking program until regulatory concerns are resolved.
As of Jan. 29, there is no record of Hong Kong users joining the staking programs, according to the Floki team. Furthermore, the team revealed that offline marketing activities in Hong Kong had already been halted before the project’s launch in December 2023.
Clarifying high yield
Addressing the SFC’s primary concern regarding the high annual percentage yield (APY), the Floki team provided explanations. They clarified that the rewards are subject to volatility influenced by market dynamics and the value of staking rewards may fluctuate based on the market valuation of the token rewards.
The team attributed the high APY for its staking programs to the allocation of the majority of TokenFi’s token supply to token stakers, highlighting that the project had not raised venture capital funds or conducted a presale. They noted that market forces beyond their control had significantly increased the TokenFi price from its initial market cap at launch.
In response to potential user confusion, the Floki team emphasized the complete decentralization of the staking programs for Floki and TokenFi, assuring users of a clear understanding of how the programs operate. They concluded by expressing their commitment to ongoing collaboration with regulatory bodies to ensure compliance and foster a responsible and transparent environment for users.