US District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan extended the restriction to FTX’s founder Sam Bankman-Fried on using encrypted messaging apps as one of the bail conditions on 9 February. The judge reportedly said he was far less interested in SBF’s convenience than in he contacting potential witnesses in his case. The ban was first ordered on 1 February and will be reviewed on 21 February. SBF’s fraud trial is scheduled to commence in October and he will face eight counts of criminal charges.