, a decentralized social media platform in which you can buy and sell “keys” in your friends on X (formerly known as Twitter) whose value can go up and down, has become a viral sensation, racking up as many as 100,000 users since launching on August 10.

Should keys be considered securities and thus regulated by the SEC? How should gains and losses be taxed? And how private should users assume their communications and transactions on the platform are? Securities and banking law professor at George Mason Law School JW Verret, and tax partner and co-head of the Digital Assets and Blockchain Practice at Fried Frank Jason Schwartz, share their thoughts.

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Show highlights:

  • how works and how the price of keys is determined
  • how is different from many other past attempts at creating a decentralized social media platform
  • whether the keys offered by could be deemed securities by the SEC
  • what wrapped tokens are and whether these could be considered securities
  • why the traditional approach to crypto taxation is bad for most taxpayers
  • what the tax implications of airdrops are
  • what users should assume about their privacy on the app
  • what the future holds for

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