The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Silicon Valley technology giant has enlisted a number of high-profile firms - including Uber, MasterCard, Stripe, Visa, and Booking.com - to support its new cryptocurrency.
The stablecoin - variously known as Libra or Global Coin - is due to be unveiled next week and will launch next year.
Each will invest approximately $10 million into a foundation that will govern the coin, the Journal said citing anonymous sources.Читайте также: Russia’s ‘sexiest poker player’ found dead in her home - electric shock suspected
It has been a decade since bitcoin was born, yet consumers hardly use it or the hundreds of other cryptocurrencies to pay for things. The money would be used to fund the creation of the coin, which will be pegged to a basket of government-issued currencies to avoid the wild swings that have dogged other cryptocurrencies, they said. "It is still not entirely clear, even to some members of the consortium, how the coin will work or what their roles will be", wrote the Journal. Facebook is betting it can change that with a crypto-based payments system built around its giant social network and its billions of users.
It sounds like Facebook has persuaded a suite of heavyweight companies to get involved in its secretive blockchain project. It will operate within Facebook's messaging infrastructure, which covers WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.
Facebook counts more than 2 billion users worldwide, many of whom come from developing countries and are unbanked.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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