Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:48

Facebook Libra: Mastercard, Visa And Ebay Joins Paypal Exits Crypto Project

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Facebook’s effort to create a cryptocurrency was dealt a blow on Friday after several key partners, including MasterCard, Visa, eBay, paypal,Stripe and Mercado Pago, abandoned the project, the first company to abandon the project was paypal. The defections followed fierce criticism from global regulators and lawmakers, and have prompted some industry-watchers to question whether the Libra programme can survive.

The news comes days before the Libra Association, the group that will oversee the digital currency, prepares to convene its members and ask them to sign a charter agreement. The meeting is slated to take place on Monday in Geneva. A Libra Association spokeswoman said on Friday that the gathering will proceed as planned, and that it would announce the first list of official partners once a formal charter is signed.

Facebook Libra ExitIn a statement, the spokeswoman said the group was “focused on moving forward and continuing to build a strong association” as it worked to create “a safe, transparent, and consumer-friendly implementation of a global payment system that breaks down financial barriers for billions of people”.

When Facebook launched plans for Libra in June, a critical part of its pitch was that major players in the payments and tech industry were supporting it. The cryptocurrency would be run out of Geneva by the organisations that comprised the Libra Association, not solely by Facebook. But now that that alliance appears to be eroding, the project’s future is uncertain.

“I don’t think Facebook can do this by itself,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities told Bloomberg TV. “Short of a big bank stepping in like JP Morgan, I don’t think this could ever happen.”

In a tweet on Friday, David Marcus, the Facebook executive spearheading the effort, said that the exit of six partners would not derail the effort. “I would caution against reading the fate of Libra into this update,” he wrote. “Change of this magnitude is hard. You know you’re on to something when this much pressure builds up.”

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