France’s economy and finance minister has put the first real spoke in the wheels of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project, promising to block its use in the European Union.
The governor of the Bank of England just touted digital currencies as a possible replacement for the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Such a digital asset, whether backed by central banks or even Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, would “dampen the domineering influence of the US dollar on global trade,” Mark Carney said in a speech on August 23 to the 2019 Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Deputy Director Mu Changchun said the bank’s “digital currency can now be said to be ready” at the China Finance 40 Forum in Yichun this weekend, according to Shanghai Securities News.
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.