The crypto exchange has launched its first soulbound or non-transferable and non-financialized token, the Binance Account Bound (BAB).
Binance’s New KYC Efforts
The Binance crypto exchange will be amping up its identity verification efforts with the BAB Soulbound Token, which is built on the firm’s native build and build (BNB) chain. The token will act as a decentralized solution to the KYC requirements of the exchange. Owning a BAB token will verify a user’s status on the exchange. It would also facilitate certain third-party protocols. Therefore as of now, the BAB ownership is available for customers who want to go the SBT route for their KYC check as an opt-in feature on the Binance mobile app. Once Binance's KYC process has confirmed a user’s identity, they can directly mint the token onto their digital wallets. Customers who want to stick to the more traditional pathways of KYC can still opt to do so. As of now, owning a BAB token would simply indicate the KYC check; however, Binance might increase its functionalities and use-cases in the future.
SBT As NFTs
A fresh new Web3 concept introduced earlier this year, Soulbound tokens like BAB, are basically non-transferrable NFTs. Since these tokens can not be transferred, traded, or sold, they function perfectly as a wallet identifier as each is unique to the specific wallet holder on the blockchain. Furthermore, the Soulbound NFT can also store certain data about the wallet’s activities, like interacting with a dApp or smart contract.
Binance CEO Changepeng Zhao (CZ) has spoken about the decision to launch the SBT, saying,
“Soulbound Tokens will play a significant role in the way web3 credentials will work in a Decentralized Society… We foresee numerous use cases for the BAB token, and we will actively collaborate with the community to develop this revolutionary vision of decentralized society.”
Unlocking The ‘Utility’
BAB will be the first soulbound token released on the BNB chain. The industry has been talking about pushing through all the hype over NFTs and discovering more constructive and long-term use cases. The NFT community is coming to terms with the need to uncover a true value proposition for non-fungibility. Is Soulbound Token the solution to that requirement? Looks like the Binance team believes so. The exchange has recently had a string of successes and has been delving into alternative token use in the space.
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