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“Libra” is the New Cryptocurrency That is To Be Launched by Facebook

Facebook plans to launch the new currency in 2020 and aims to make transactions as easy as using an app

  • Facebook is currently the largest online social media platform
  • Mark Zuckerberg has announced that they will be launching a new cryptocurrency called “Libra”
  • This new currency aims to make transactions easily by using apps in cellphones like how people share videos and photos

Everyone that is connected to the internet will almost always have a Facebook account. Friends and family are connected via the social media service where they can share photos, videos, or just chat with each other. They have also grown and acquired other social media sites. Now, they are looking into broadening their reach further by launching their own cryptocurrency.

Facebook to launch new cryptocurrency called Libra

Cryptocurrency is a different kind of currency unlike what is issued by banks. Cryptocurrency is all digital and is what is called “decentralized,” which means there is no governing body that manages how much it should cost. Bitcoin is the most famous type of cryptocurrency and is considered as the first of its kind.

On June 18, 2019, Facebook has announced that they will be launching their own cryptocurrency. From a post made by Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, they are going to be working together with 27 other companies and the new currency will be called “Libra.”

Facebook to launch new cryptocurrency called Libra
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Image credit: Mark Zuckerberg/Facebook

Libra will work similarly to how cryptocurrency works which is through blockchain technology and is planned to be available by 2020. Once Libra is available, managing it will be done through a new subsidiary called Calibra. Calibra will first act as a digital wallet through Whatsapp and Messenger and then will become a standalone app afterwards.

Despite privacy issues that Facebook has encountered recently, they assured that they would not have control over Libra, but instead all of the companies that are with Libra will have a vote for any decision-making, and Facebook will only be part of the said votes.

Facebook to launch new cryptocurrency called Libra
The logo for Libra

With the announcement of Libra, there are a few that are optimistic since it will allow transactions everywhere without worrying about different currencies, but the United States government wants to look into it further first. An article from The Verge has reported that the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to ask for further details on Libra and it will be held next month.

We’ll keep you updated if there will be more developments to this story.

 

Also read: 6 Reasons Why it is Wise to Open a Bank Account

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