Bitcoin (BTC) suddenly lost $2,000 in an hour on Sept. 24 as what appeared to be old news over a Chinese regulatory ban hit social media.
Bitcoin vs. China: Don’t believe the “FUD”
The kneejerk reaction came as a memo from China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), began to circulate online, criminalizing practically all cryptocurrency activity except possession.
As commentators noted, however, the PBoC originally released the updated guidance on Sept. 15 but posted it online on Friday, Sept. 24.
Nonetheless, what has now become a classic source of BTC price pressure — “FUD” over Chinese bans — was quick to take its toll on market sentiment.
“Markets are always reacting so heavily to FUD. Impressive,” Cointelegraph contributor Michael van de Poppe reacted.
Similar reactions had come about as a result of the alleged impending failure of Chinese property giant Evergrande, this having been a niche topic for a significant period before mainstream media attention sparked knock-on effects across the cryptocurrency and traditional markets.
Altcoins suffer with Ether under $3,000
Altcoins, meanwhile, joined Bitcoin in shedding value following the China narrative returning.
Ether (ETH) was down over 7% at the time of writing, having lost the $3,000 support line once more.
The top 10 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization traded up to 9% lower on hourly timeframes.