Is the word “crackdown” used correctly in all those headlines?

No native speaker here.

For me the word “crackdown” sounds like cracking (breaking) something so that it does not function any more.

But lots of headlines that say “crackdown on bitcoin” or “cryptos” are actually just regulatory measures against fraudulent activities without any effect on the legacy honest Bitcoin businesses.

Is my impression wrong that this “crackdown” word is used much too easily?

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3 thoughts on “Is the word “crackdown” used correctly in all those headlines?

  1. tke1600 February 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Mainstream Media needs click bait to stay relevant.

  2. boxhit February 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Crackdown implies enforcement, like the police. Breakdown is more of a general function stopping.

  3. Bitcoin-Yoda February 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

    All news with “crackdown” in it are ignored. Trash

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