Facebook to launch a new digital cryptocurrency
Social media giant Facebook is set to roll out a new digital cryptocurrency, Libra, next year, which would let users’ buy things as well as send money to people without any process fees.
It is said that firms such as Uber and Visa will accept it in future.
From next year, Facebook users’ will be able to buy Libra from its platforms and then it will be stored in a digital wallet called Calibra.
The user can make payments and send money to other users, and this whole process would instant and as easy as texting.
“In time, we hope to offer additional services for people and businesses, such as paying bills with the push of a button, buying a cup of coffee with the scan of a code, or riding your local public transit without needing to carry cash or a metro pass,” it said.
However, there is a big concern over how users’ money and data will be protected.
The firm stressed that Libra would not be managed solely by the Facebook, but it would be independent, and run by a group of companies and charities- called the Libra Association.
Group of companies that are likely to accept Libra, includes
- Payments firms such as Mastercard and PayPal
- Digital businesses including eBay, Spotify and Uber
- Telecoms firms such as Vodafone
- And charities such as the microfinance group Women’s World Banking.