Robinhood settles ‘gamification’ case with Massach

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Cryptocurrency and stock trading app Robinhood has reportedly resolved an enforcement action first brought by Massachusetts’ securities regulator in December 2020.

According to a Jan. 18 Reuters report, Robinhood agreed to pay a $7.5 million penalty for its practices of targeting inexperienced investors, in what many described as the “gamification” of trading crypto and stocks. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Galvin claimed that Robinhood had marketed itself as “some sort of game that you might be able to win,” proposing revoking the firms’ broker-dealer license in the state.

“This settlement resolves historical matters dating back to 2021 that do not reflect Robinhood today,” Lucas Moskowitz, Robinhood’s deputy general counsel and head of government affairs, told Cointelegraph. “We are pleased to put this matter behind us and move forward steadfast in our commitment to providing access to the markets for our Massachusetts customers.” 

The reported settlement concludes a roughly three-year legal battle between the trading platform and the State of Massachusetts.

This is a developing story, and further information will be added as it becomes available.