Taobao, popular Chinese e-commerce site and a subsidiary of Alibaba Group, will ban the listing of services for cryptocurrencies or ICOs. The e-commerce giant updated its policy to “increase control of derivative services of digital products generated based on blockchain technology.”
he Hangzhou-based company already had in place a ban on cryptocurrency miners and mining consultations. The update “changed the explicit definition of the scope of virtual currency generation.” This means that any product or service that relates to a virtual currency generated on a blockchain. This includes the sale of assets or tokens generated through blockchain like those for blockchain games and other utilities. The ban also includes services like marketing, consultancy, and business planning; as long as it has to do with cryptos or Initial Coin Offerings.