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Paxful CEO promotes self-custody, warns users to stay away from CEXes

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  • CEO and co-founder of Paxful, Ray Youssef, working on delisting CEXes from the platform
  • CEXes have had a bad year and multiple crypto firms have collapsed

Centralized crypto exchanges around the world are still reeling from the fallout of FTX’s collapse. As a result, investors and traders have exercised caution with their funds on these exchanges. The suspension of withdrawals on several crypto platforms further put a bad light on the broader crypto industry. 

Take your crypto off exchanges, including Paxful

Ray Youssef, the founder and CEO of the New York-based peer-to-peer crypto platform Paxful, reiterated the importance of self-custody on 11 December. He stressed that the current climate of FUD in the crypto market has made self-custody the best way to ensure the safety of one’s crypto assets. 

Paxful’s chief did not count out his own platform while asking users to be careful and move their Bitcoin [BTC] off exchanges. He said, 

“My sole responsibility is to help and serve you. That’s why today I’m messaging all of our [Paxful] users to move your Bitcoin to self-custody. You should not keep your saving on Paxful, or any exchange, and only keep what you trade here.”

Ray Youssef further assured his users that the conduct of Paxful was not like “others in the industry”, meaning that his platform did not use customer funds for lending or any other purposes. The platform is also reportedly working on delisting Ethereum [ETH] soon. 

The need for Proof-of-Reserves

Stakeholders in the crypto industry have developed a distrust for centralized platforms this year. Users are no longer sure about the safety of their funds, since platforms halt withdrawals amid precarious financial situations. This was the case with several platforms, including Celsius, BlockFi, and FTX. 

To address this issue, exchanges have published their Proof-of-Reserves, which outlined the assets held by them. This reassured customers that the platform is indeed solvent and their funds are safe. The need for PoR grew significantly following FTX’s downfall. Paxful revealed its proof-of-reserve back in 2020, and popular exchanges like Binance, ByBit, and Kraken followed suit in 2022


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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