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The Securities and Exchange Commission has stopped trading in 15 companies because of "questionable trading and social media activity."
The action follows suspensions of other companies that have been the targets of efforts to use social media to "artificially inflate" their stock prices, the SEC said.
The 15 companies include: Bebida Beverage Co., Blue Sphere Corp., Ehouse Global Inc. and Eventure Interactive Inc.
"We proactively monitor for suspicious trading activity tied to stock promotions on social media, and act quickly to stop that trading when appropriate to safeguard the public interest," said Melissa Hodgman, acting director of the SEC's division of enforcement, in a release.
In January, the SEC issued an alert on investing based on social media.
Tomio Geron ( @tomiogeron) is a San Francisco-based reporter covering fintech. He was previously a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, covering venture capital and startups. Before that, he worked as a staff writer at Forbes, covering social media and venture capital, and also edited the Midas List of top tech investors. He has also worked at newspapers covering crime, courts, health and other topics. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.