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On June 20, cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced that it had commenced operating nodes on the Bitcoin Lightning Network as a crucial step towards integrating it for deposits and withdrawals.

In the tweet, Binance acknowledged users who noticed their new Lightning nodes and confirmed their presence. However, Binance highlighted that additional technical work must be completed before the Lightning integration is fully implemented, promising to provide updates along the way.

In response to the congestion witnessed on the Bitcoin network on May 7, Binance announced its plans to incorporate the Lightning Network to alleviate the congestion issue. In a tweet, Binance mentioned its ongoing efforts to enable BTC Lightning Network withdrawals, recognizing its potential in such situations. The increased congestion was primarily caused by a surge in BRC-20 transactions, with the popularity of memecoins being a contributing factor. 

The Bitcoin Lightning Network is a layer-two protocol built on the Bitcoin blockchain to address scalability issues. It allows participants to create payment channels, conduct off-chain transactions quickly and inexpensively, and settle the channels on the Bitcoin blockchain when necessary. The Lightning Network aims to enhance the speed, scalability, and privacy of Bitcoin transactions, making it more efficient for microtransactions while reducing fees and congestion on the main network.

Related: Binance’s BNB Chain introduces layer-2 testnet powered by Optimism

Recently, Binance has been entangled in a legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), causing a period of uncertainty for the company. However, there is a sense of relief after Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved the “Proposed Stipulation and Consent Order” between Binance, Binance.US, and the SEC. The agreement effectively dismissed a temporary restraining order filed by the SEC that would have frozen all Binance.US assets. 

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