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Google to Revise Crypto Ad Policy, Boost Visibility for Bitcoin ETFs

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is poised to implement a significant policy update on January 29, potentially reshaping the landscape of cryptocurrency advertising. Following the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs on January 10, Google is expected to modify its rules, allowing asset managers to advertise these products to a broader U.S. audience.

This policy change comes on the heels of Google’s recent decision to expand its cryptocurrency and related products policy, offering advertisers specific guidelines for promoting “cryptocurrency coin trusts.” Advertisers looking to leverage Google’s expansive platform will now need certification to ensure compliance with the tech giant’s rigorous requirements.

The significance of this development is underscored by the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) transforming into a spot Bitcoin ETF, alongside the approval of 10 other institutions to include spot BTC ETFs in their investment portfolios.

Crypto analysts are optimistic about the potential impact of this policy shift on the digital currency space, considering that Google processes around 8.55 billion searches daily, according to DemandSage.

The crypto community speculates that increased visibility of Bitcoin ETFs through Google’s ad platform may lead to significant awareness and investment in the space. Companies in the spot Bitcoin ETF market could potentially attract interest from new segments of the public, beyond seasoned day traders or investors.

This update may signal a shift in how cryptocurrency products are advertised, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and responsible presentation to an engaged audience.

Google’s policy change comes at a strategic moment, with the crypto market experiencing fluctuating sentiment towards spot Bitcoin ETFs. Despite recent outflows from these funds, particularly from Grayscale Investment’s Bitcoin ETF, totaling around $153 million, analysts believe that Google’s policy shift could open doors to a wave of new investors. The increased visibility and mandatory certification might counterbalance recent outflows, hinting at a potential rebound as the January 29 policy implementation date approaches.

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