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Senate Hearing: “I wish we could trust Facebook, it is pretty clear there is nobody on this committee that does.” David Marcus Hit with Skepticism Regarding Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing today where David Marcus, Head of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project Libra, took the stand to explain and defend the company’s intent for their payments and blockchain ecosystem. While some US Senators are keen on supporting Fintech innovation in the… Read More

Here is David Marcus’s Prepared Testimony Defending Facebook & Libra for Senate Banking Committee Hearing

Embedded below is David Marcus’s prepared testimony for the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Facebook’s Libra. “Facebook will not offer the Libra digital currency until we have fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals,” assured Marcus to the Senators in attendance. His testimony today… Read More

Steve Mnuchin’s Comments on Libra: “Bullish news for the future of cryptocurrencies”

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin held a press conference yesterday in advance of Capitol Hill hearings this week addressing concerns surrounding Facebook’s stablecoin Lira. Mnuchin cautioned the audience that Facebook, and any other crypto creator, must adhere to the high standards of KYC and… Read More

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Holds Surprise Press Conference on US Government’s Stance on Cryptocurrencies and Facebook’s Libra

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called a surprise press conference this afternoon in Washington DC to state that Facebook and all other providers of “digital financial services” must observe the same financial integrity regimes as banks. Mnuchin called illicit use of cryptocurrencies “a national security issue”… Read More

Professors: Swift and Proper Regulation of Facebook’s Libra Payments System Critical

Law professors from the University of Luxembourg, the University of New South Wales and the University of Hong Kong have produced a 29-page paper designed to assist lawmakers in what should continue to be their swift and serious response to Libra, the global payment system now… Read More

President Trump Tweets About Bitcoin & Facebook’s Libra: “We only have one real currency in the USA … It is called the United States Dollar!”

President Trump has shared his perspective on crypto, and, more specifically, Bitcoin and Facebook’s stablecoin Libra. In a series of tweets yesterday, Trump professed his commitment to a strong US dollar and his disdain for the virtual currencies. Trump said we only have one real… Read More

President Trump Declares He’s Not A Fan of Cryptocurrency; Suggests Facebook Seeks New Banking Charter & Become Subject to All Banking Regulations

President Donald Trump declared on Twitter this evening that he is not a fan of cryptocurrency. Following the Social Media Summit, which took place at the White House earlier in the day, the U.S. leader revealed his true thoughts on digital currency, including what he… Read More

Winklevoss Twins Want to Friend Facebook’s Libra Coin

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who once famously sued Mark Zuckerberg alleging he stole the idea for Facebook from them, want to bury the hatchet once and for all and friend up with Libra, Facebook’s venture into crypto. There’s money to be made after all. The… Read More

NYU Professor Says Politicians and Public “Rightfully Concerned” About Risks of Facebook’s Libra Payments Network

New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway has spoken out strongly on CNN against Facebook’s plans to create a cryptocurrency, saying the project poses extraordinary risks given Facebook’s slipshod history. “We are rightfully concerned,” said Galloway. “This is an organization that has shown gross negligence around… Read More

Fed Chair Powell Peppered with Questions on Facebook’s Libra at House Financial Services Committee Hearing

The House Financial Services Committee welcomed Fed Chair Jerome Powell today to share his perspective on the state of the US economy and his opinion on the effectiveness of monetary policy. While Powell’s prepared remarks kicked off a bit of a rally on Wall Street… Read More

Inside the Beltway: July is a Busy Month for Fintech in DC

Tomorrow, the Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will spend a good amount of time in front of the House Financial Services Committee. The following day, Powell will experience a similar round of questions at the Senate Banking Committee. Powell is certain to endure a standard… Read More

Libra CEO Tells House Financial Services Committee that Facebook is “Taking the Time to do (Libra Coin) Right”

The CEO of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, David Marcus, has written to assure the powerful US House Financial Services Committee that Facebook is proceeding with caution as it works to launch Libra. Five members of the Committee, including its Chair, Maxine Waters, sent a letter to… Read More

Report: China Bankers Concerned Facebook’s Libra Could Fuel Currency Competition and Compromise Financial Sovereignty

Influential bankers convening at an academic conference at Peking University’s Institute of Digital Finance this week have expressed serious concerns about Libra, Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency payments network, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports. Wang Xin, director of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC)’s research bureau warned… Read More

Report: India “Not Comfortable With” Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

India’s Economic Affairs Secretary, Subhash Garg, has confirmed rumours that India is less than keen on Facebook’s current effort to create a private, global currency network aimed particularly at citizens in the developing world, Bloomberg reports. “(The) Design of the Facebook currency has not been… Read More

African Journalist Considers Whether Facebook Libra Coin a Boon for Africa

African technology journalist Andile Masuku has written that corruption around remittances in Africa is so bad, “I have become numb to the daylight robbery that ensues whenever I receive money from abroad or send cash to my family back home.” Masuku cites figures from the World… Read More

Who Will Own, and Operate, the Money We Use?

As Fintech Challenges the World Order. We know how fundamentally the internet and the web have changed not just the world of work, business and commerce but all our lives and the way we live, around the world. It’s touched and changed just about everything… Read More

Facebook’s Libra Coin CEO Responds to “Questions and Misunderstandings” Arising Since Project Announced

David Marcus, the CEO presiding over Facebook’s recently announced Libra cryptocurrency project, has issued a blog post on Facebook to address controversy roiling since the project was announced two weeks ago. Regulators around the world have been issuing stern warnings about how Facebook’s Libra payment… Read More

Juan Hernandez CEO of Openfinance: Other Corporations May Follow the Facebook Libra Model

Facebook’s public announcement regarding the forthcoming launch of the Libra cryptocurrency along with a smart contract ecosystem has engendered a good amount of commentary both positive and negative. Public officials are still trying to get their arms around what Libra means for fiat currencies and… Read More

Bank of Japan Officials Fear Facebook Coin Could Destabilize Global Financial Systems

Officials at the Bank of Japan, Japan’s central bank, are reportedly concerned that Facebook’s new “difficult to regulate” cryptocurrency could have a calamitous effect on global financial systems, all while exploiting those very systems without paying the costs, Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) reports. Legislators in… Read More

US House Representatives Ask Facebook for Moratorium on Implementation of Libra Coin

Five US House Representatives have submitted a letter to Facebook asking the company to, “immediately agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on Libra- its proposed cryptocurrency and Calibra- its proposed digital wallet.” The letter was forwarded by the powerful House Financial Services Committee… Read More

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