The U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently decided to emit a cease and desist order against ICO Rating, which is a company focused on researching about the crypto market and rating the best investments.
According to the SEC, ICO Ratings has violated the Securities Act. The company is being accused of describing securities to get a certain direct or indirect compensation from the group that issues the investment.
This happened because the company charged fees in order to create the reports of the investments. As some of the tokens listed on the platform were considered securities, the company broke the law. The illegal reports were also widely published on social media, which is also against the norms.
The SEC affirms that ICO Rating was paid over $100,000 USD by companies and groups that issued ICOs to have them rated. These payments, however, were never disclosed to the readers of the site, meaning that they could end up investing in these security tokens without knowing that they were seeing something that the SEC considered to be a paid promotion.
ICO Ratings was ordered to cease all activities, give the money back (plus interest) and then pay a civil money penalty that would be over $160,000 USD.