BBC: Facebook Aims to Launch Payments-Focused Cryptocurrency in 2020
Marie Huillet's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 51%
Social media giant Facebook plans to launch its own payments-focused cryptocurrency "Globalcoin" in 2020, according to a BBC news report published on May 24. According to the BBC, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg met Bank of England governor Mark Carney last month to discuss the prospects and risks involved in its cryptocurrency launch. To realize its crypto payments network, the company will need to cooperate with banks and brokers worldwide to access currency exchange services and fiat on-ramping, the BBC notes.
As reported, rumors of Facebook's plans to integrate a cryptocurrency for WhatsApp users first surfaced in December 2018. Notably, Facebook purportedly plans to rehaul its messaging infrastructure and integrate its three wholly-owned apps - WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram - under one canopy, bringing its cryptocurrency potential exposure to a combined 2.7 billion users each month. Facebook is reportedly seeking $1 billion in backing for the project from Visa and MasterCard and has also allegedly met with VC mogul Tim Draper to discuss possible investment.
On May 10, Cointelegraph reported that the U.S. Senate and Banking committee wrote an open letter to Facebook seeking information on its alleged crypto project, inquiring how the company plans to ensure consumer protection and safeguard financial information.
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