Facebook’s Libra stablecoin may be years from becoming a reality, but that didn’t stop a group of blockchain companies calling itself OpenLibra from announcing plans to fork the stablecoin. News of the preemptive split came at the Ethereum developer conference Devcon 5 in Osaka, Japan on October 9. Lucas Geiger, co-founder of blockchain infrastructure firm Wireline, described the OpenLibra project, as aimed squarely at the corporate control of Libra. Essentially, OpenLibra would be pegged to the Libra coin, a cryptocurrency which will be backed by a basket of fiat currencies to keep its price level. Using the tagline “lock the door open,” the newly launched OpenLibra website called itself an…
The Libra Association would not quite deny reports that digital payment service PayPal is withdrawing from the group, designed to oversee Facebook’s highly controversial, proposed cryptocurrency.
Just as Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project is facing defections from its biggest and most important partners, a recording of Mark Zuckerberg was “leaked” where he said all the right things. Coincidence?
At a hearing this week, a congressman suggested that Facebook’s proposed Libra stablecoin should be classified as a security that should be regulated. Such a designation threatens the future of the social media giant’s foray into cryptocurrencies.