Nov 16, 2022 - Economy

Sam Bankman-Fried comes clean on regulation, ethics


Sam Bankman-Fried testifies during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee last year. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a remarkable interview conducted over Twitter DMs, disgraced former crypto CEO Sam Bankman-Fried distanced himself from the very positions he was best known for, including his support for regulation and effective altruism.

Why it matters: The interview, conducted by Vox's Kelsey Piper, is just the latest stunner in Bankman-Fried's fast fall from grace.

  • Only a few weeks ago, he was the crypto billionaire known for appearing before Congress and asking for sensible regulation of his industry.

Details: When asked if the stuff he said about regulations was "pretty much just PR," Bankman-Fried replied, "yeah just PR."

  • "f*ck regulators," he said.

Between the lines: Bankman-Fried was one of the world's foremost effective altruists — dedicated to the proposition that the most ethical way to live was to make billions of dollars and give them away philanthropically.

  • Now, asked about his previous stance, he replied: "man, all the dumb shit I said. It's not true, not really." He agreed with Piper that his "ethics stuff" was "mostly a front."
  • It's a "dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us," he said.

Go Deeper: Read the whole interview at Vox.

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