Multiple users have reported that crypto trading platform LocalBitcoins has stopped allowing customers to make in-person trades of crypto assets for cash in an anonymous fashion.
Reddit user u/GrayLifes first posted about this development on June 1, 2019, claiming that cash ads were removed from the platform without warning. A wide range of other users concurred, stating that all “local ads are hidden or deleted for the entire site,” without any option to search for possible traders nearby. “All my local trade ads are missing,” user u/scottemick claimed. “How can it even be called local bitcoins anymore?”