As Regulators Stonewall Libra, Facebook Rolls Out New Payment System

As the Libra stablecoin project continues to face a hostile audience of regulators, Facebook launches a new fiat payment system called Facebook Pay. Empower people everywhere to buy and sell things online On Nov. 12, the social media giant announced that it is introducing Facebook Pay, a payment system that is designed to facilitate payments across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Deborah Liu, VP, marketplace & commerce at Facebook said: “People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other. Facebook Pay…

Facebook’s Head of Libra Crypto Project Is Optimistic about Bitcoin’s Future

Since Facebook’s announcement about the development of its own cryptocurrency called Libra in June, the cryptocurrency industry has struggled with many obstacles regarding its launch next year. Consumers are hesitant about the social media giant taking over a financial venture, claiming that tech companies should be utilizing the given cryptocurrencies in the crypto market like Bitcoin(BTC)trade instead of creating their own centralized substitute. Some social media companies like Twitter are already doing this. David Marcus, Facebook’s head of the Libra cryptocurrency project, has drawn parallels between Bitcoin and gold. At…

Libra Would Be Trusted If Run by IMF

The former head of People’s Bank of China (PBoC), Zhou Xiaochuan has argued that the Libra stablecoin would be more readily trusted if it were in the hands of an organization like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Zhou is the longest-serving governor of China’s central bank to date, having held the role between 2002 and 2018. During his tenure, China soared to become one of the world’s leading economies. Zhou made his comments during a speech delivered in Beijing as part of the 10th Caixin Summit on Nov. 8, according…

Fed Must Launch FedNow Ahead of Facebook’s Libra, Says Gov’t Official

A senior United States federal official has argued that Facebook’s Libra highlights the need for the Federal Reserve (Fed) to act urgently and launch its own real-time payments system. In a letter addressed to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors on Nov. 7, Rohit Chopra —  a commissioner at the United States Federal Trade Commission — expressed his support of the central bank’s proposal to launch a new, round-the-clock real-time payments system dubbed “FedNow Service.” A potential “shadow global central bank” In his letter, Commissioner Chopra argued that the central…

Libra Is More Like Email Than PayPal

Facebook’s crypto project Libra will be more similar to email tech than payment services such as PayPal, vice president of product at Calibra said. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon on Nov. 5, Kevin Weil, vice president of product at Facebook’s Calibra digital wallet unit, emphasized that interoperability — the basic principle of email — will the key concept of Libra. “A journey of years and decades” Noting that any global developer or entrepreneur can build wallets for Libra, Weil encouraged the global community to collaborate on the interoperable…

Why Libra Isn’t Ready and Congress Not Buying Zuckerberg’s Testimony

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress on Oct. 23 about the company’s planned use of the cryptocurrency it is backing, Libra, attempting to debunk the voluminous number of concerns surrounding Facebook’s regulatory measures. This marks Zuckerberg’s first testimony to Congress since his last journey to Capitol Hill back in April 2018 after the Cambridge Analytica data breach. Related: Zuck of the Hill: After 6-Hour Libra Grilling, Congress Unconvinced Unfortunately, there was very little that both lawmakers and consumers took away from the hearing, which…

Libra Chief Praises Its Anti Money Laundering Standards

Libra Chief David Marcus has claimed that the Anti Money Laundering Standards of the underfire project are superior to any other payment networks on the market today. Libra Scrutiny Means Its On Track, Says Chief Marcus is the CEO of Calibra, the corresponding digital wallet of Libra, and previously served as president of PayPal and a member of the Board of Directors at Coinbase. Speaking at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas, he said, “I want to say that the efficacy of sanction enforcing can be much higher on…

Five European Union Countries Team Up to Block Libra: Report

Five European Union member countries have reportedly teamed up to prevent the issuance of Facebook’s stablecoin Libra. Private meetings to turn EU against Libra Following a series of private meetings in October, France is reportedly leading the anti-Libra effort with Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, political news publication Politico Europe reports on Oct. 30. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Politico states that the countries’ deputy finance ministers have presented their unified position against Libra to other EU ministers at a private meeting on Oct. 28 in Brussels. According…

Think Tank Opinion: Facebook’s Libra Could Pave the Way for New Global Digital Currency

The president of the European think tank, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), told CNBC that although Facebook’s forthcoming digital currency Libra has not been approved yet, it could spark the creation of another global virtual currency. Since it was announced, Libra has faced a lot of criticism from multiple financial establishments and countries over security, privacy and other concerns such as money laundering and the financing of terrorism. Facebook proposed plans for the digital currency in June this year but was met with multiple obstacles regarding regulation. On…

Libra Might Become Unrecognizable by Navigating Regulatory Concerns

Amid the regulatory storm facing Libra, the project’s hierarchy is looking to change one important detail of the payment system: using fiat-pegged stablecoins rather than a token supported by a basket of national currencies. The Libra Association says such considerations are part of efforts to create a more agile payment platform. Meanwhile, the furor over the controversial Libra has begun to take a more political undertone, both within and outside the United States. Arguments for and against the project now seem to include issues surrounding the trade war between the U.S. and China. In…