Telegram’s victory in court over the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday wasn’t much of a victory. In fact, it could prove to be the undoing of its planned Telegram Open Network blockchain platform and gram cryptocurrency. The simultaneous announcement that it won't integrate gram payments into its Telegram Messenger platform signals a recognition that its fight to keep the $1.7 billion in gram tokens it sold in 2018 from being declared a security is faltering.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a judge on Thursday to make messaging service turned blockchain developer Telegram open its books in an effort to stop what it believes is an illegal securities offering. Telegram raised $1.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018 by pre-selling 2.9 million gram tokens.