Facebook cryptocurrency Libra to launch as early as January but scaled back

Facebook cryptocurrency Libra to launch as early as January but scaled back


London: The Financial Times quoted three unidentified individuals as reporting on Friday that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency is ready to launch in January.

The Geneva-based Libra Association that will issue and govern Libra plans to launch a single digital coin backed by the dollar, the FT said, citing one of the people.

The move would represent an even bigger scaling-back of the project’s ambitions than that proposed in April in response to a regulatory and political backlash against the project.

Libra, unveiled by Facebook Inc last year, was relaunched in slimmed-down form after regulators and central banks across the world raised concerns it could upset financial stability and erode mainstream power over money.

The Libra Association, of which Facebook is one of 27 members, is seeking the go-ahead from Switzerland’s markets watchdog to issue a series of stablecoins backed by individual traditional currencies, as well as a token based on the currency-pegged stablecoins.

The British “Financial Times” stated that according to the institution’s new plan, other coins backed by traditional currencies and synthetic currencies will be launched later.

The Libra Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Swiss regulator FINMA did not elaborate in a statement issued in April, which confirmed that it had received Libra’s payment permission application.

Stablecoins are designed to avoid the volatility typical of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, making them in theory more suitable for payments and money transfers.

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