Activist groups gathered around to write an open letter to more than 27 Libra partners in order to dump the Facebook venture and to give up on the project. As the bashing continues for Libra, we are reading more about what the groups want in the coming altcoin news below.
After the US President Donald Trump bashed the crypto project Libra, now the activist groups are urging the partners of the social media company to dump the project. They claim that Mark Zuckerberg cannot be trusted. The four groups wrote in the letter that they fear the social media monopoly and leadership. The group that signed the letter include the Open Markets Institute which is a think tank that opposes corporate monopolies, Public Citizen which is a left-wing consumer’s organization, Demand Progress Education Fund, and the Revolving Door Project.
The activist groups warned that Libra and Facebook cannot be trusted and they are trying to monopolize the expanding digital money industry. Rather than to use Libra as a financial service that will democratize the sector, the group says that Facebook is trying to fool the public into something very shady and make only a benefit for itself:
“Facebook is eager to present itself as just one voice of many in the Libra Association. No one is fooled by this subterfuge. There’s a reason that Congressional committees are seeking answers from Facebook officials.”
The anti-Facebook activist groups suggest that the CEO of Facebook is lying when he says that he only wants to launch Libra to help the 1.7 billion people without access to traditional banking services. The groups say that the social media giant only wants to promote its dominance:
“Achieving a laudable goal should not be cheapened with a project whose aims are in fact unclear and whose leadership structure is based on fear. We understand that Facebook is a powerful company and that it has in part generated a climate of fear with its market dominance. But if you collectively withdraw from the project, it will signal that the just-beginning era of digital money will be based on fair rules and democratic deliberation and not intimidation by the powerful.”
The libra project, as noted in the latest cryptocurrency news, is constantly under attack mainly because people believe it could be used to facilitate money laundering and drug trafficking.
Vodafone Quits The Facebook Crypto Project Libra Association
‘’We have said from the outset that Vodafone’s desire is to make a genuine contribution to extending financial inclusion. We remain fully committed to that goal and feel we can make the most contribution by focusing our efforts on [mobile payments platform] M-Pesa.’’Vodafone’s reason for leaving Facebook’s Libra crypto project opens up more issues for Libra itself. M-Pesa is now a successful mobile money transmission system that is popular in East and Southern Africa while Safaricom recently signed a deal with California-based global remittance provider Ria money. This deal will enable M-Pesa customers to send payments to more than 20 countries across the globe. Apart from Vodafone, some of the early backers such as PayPal and Mastercard have already quit the Facebook Libra Association and both of the platforms pointed to the growing regulatory pushbacks against the project as the reason for the decision to pull out of the partnership.Back in 2019, the US Senators urged the Libra backers such as Visa and Stripe to leave the project. Despite the criticisms against the project, the Libra Association continued to move forward with the proposed digital currency platform and the developers of the crypto project released a second roadmap with a mainnet testing already underway. Libra is still facing a lot of criticism while countries are moving towards creating their own central bank digital currencies and the banks from Canada, England and Switzerland are now forming a CBDC think tank.The coalition says it will exchange many ideas on how to develop sovereign digital currencies for their respective nations since Australia is also experimenting in the digital payment system that will run on the Ethereum blockchain. China seems to be leading the CBDC race since it has accelerated plans after Libra launched its white paper.
Libra Stimulated Us To Take CBDCs Seriously: Japanese Banking Veteran
“The latest decision is not just about sharing information. It’s also an effort to keep something like Libra in check [...] Major central banks need to appeal that they, too, are making efforts to make settlement more efficient with better use of digital technology.”Yamaoka is confident that Libra stimulated the markets and put some pressure on financial institutions to lower the costs of transactions. With this, a lot of fundamental questions about nation states' control over currency issuance were also raised.However, the banking veteran and ex-BOJ official was in the Libra news for saying that central banks may stifle private-sector innovation by using CBDCs to enhance the effectiveness of central bank measures. As he noted:
“In the world of central bankers, the idea of using CBDCs to enhance the effect of monetary policy seems to have subsided somewhat. There are increasing doubts about the effect of negative interest rates as a policy tool. If so, do you want to issue CBDCs for the sake of deploying a policy with questionable effects?”The expert concluded stating that while Libra stimulated us to see CBDCs in a different light, monetary officials need to be sane in wake of the new changes.
“If you want to make monetary policy effective, you need to ensure people keep using the currency you issue,” he concluded.
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“The new framework is intended not only to be fit for purpose for the current financial system but also be able to accommodate future developments and technological advances, such as proposals for global stable coin eco-systems that have been subject to significant attention in recent months. Under this proposal, APRA’s role in the framework would be to oversee wallets that are widely used as a means of payment and store of significant value for a reasonable amount of time.”Facebook’s Libra could indeed be a stabelcoin backed by real assets but it is not the only digital payment service that is created by large technological companies. Apple Pay, for example, is another type of digital wallet that has now more mass acceptance while APRA decides whether to support this as well. The report informs that because of apple’s product that is already in works with the existing infrastructure run by banks, it could attract a lot lower level of regulatory scrutiny.In addition, the Reserve Bank of Australia doesn’t really believe that the country will need its own central bank digital currency. As per the recent reports, the institution believes that the Australian people already have well-established and regulated digital payment services so they don’t really need a stabelcoin. With Libra’s continuous regulatory problems before the launch, the question remains whether in any other country they will start adopting Libra as a legal form of payment.
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