The world’s largest stablecoin destroyed a total of 3 billion USDT tokens in an account known as Tether Treasury through two separate burns on Thursday, according to data from blockchain tracker Whale Alert.

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Fast facts

  • “Burn burn burn,” Tether chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino tweeted on Thursday, along with a screenshot of the burns recorded by Whale Alert.
  • This came after TerraUSD, which should be tentatively pegged to the U.S. dollar, plunged to $0.2356 on Friday morning Asia time, according to CoinMarketCap.
  • USDT’s market capitalization was at US$79.41 billion at the time of publishing compared with US$82.9 billion 24 hours ago, CoinGecko data showed.
  • Tether is subject to burn an equal amount of USDT when users apply to redeem the stablecoin for fiat.
  • The price of dollar-pegged USDT is now at US$1.01, recovering from a 24 hour low of US$0.980, CoinGecko data showed.

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