• The libra logo on a cellphone sitting on some coins. What else do you need to see? (via Shutterstock)
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    From privacy regulators to Walmart, Facebook’s Libra faces growing threats

    The US, EU, Canada, and Australia demand data protection guarantees; Walmart patents its own cryptocurrency

    In a joint statement on August 6, data protection regulators from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, and Australia came head-on, issuing a joint statement slamming the Libra project and Facebook for failing to address the fledgling cryptocurrency’s privacy risks.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questioning Facebook's David Marcus on Libra before the House Financial Services Committee, July 17, 2019 (via C-SPAN).
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    News analysis: Less-hostile House politicizes Facebook Libra debate

    Facing questions about speed and power, David Marcus refused to make promises about the cryptocurrency

    Facebook’s David Marcus got a warmer reception from the House yesterday than he did in the Senate on Tuesday. Not that it was friendly, but the questions focused more on the power Facebook would gain from its Libra cryptocurrency, and getting Marcus to commit to working at the pace of Washington, D.C., not Silicon Valley.

  • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Caricature by DonkeyHotey (Flickr.com/photos/DonkeyHotey)
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    Sen. Sherrod Brown leads attack on Facebook’s David Marcus during Libra hearing

    The Ohio Democrat led a senatorial gang-up on the social media executive during his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee

    Facebook is in for a rough ride with its Libra cryptocurrency project. If that wasn’t clear from the president’s anti-cryptocurrency Tweets last week and Treasury Secretary’s comments on Monday that they are “a national security issue,” it was very obvious after the Facebook executive spearheading its Libra payment system was treated like a bipartisan punching bag in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on July 16.

  • Nobel laureate and Columbia University professor of economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz (photo via Columbia University).
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    ‘Suckers are born every minute’: Economist Joseph Stiglitz takes on Facebook’s David Marcus over Libra

    The head of Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project fires back at the Nobel laureate’s declaration that only a fool would trust it

    Earlier this week, a Nobel Prize-winning economist squared off with a Facebook executive over whether the social media giant could be trusted to create a cryptocurrency.