Facebook posts 'marketplace payments blockchain' job ad

Facebook posts 'marketplace payments blockchain' job ad

In another hint of its intentions in the payments space, Facebook has been advertising for a 'Technical Program Manager, Marketplace Payments Blockchain'.

Facebook set up its blockchain unit last year, giving it the freedom to operate as a startup under the leadership of former PayPal president and Coinbase board member David Marcus.

The operation has provided little detail on its plans, saying only that it wants to use blockchain technology to "help billions of people with access to things they don’t have now - that could be things like healthcare, equitable financial services, or new ways to save or share information."

While there are currently 13 job opportunities with blockchain in the title on the Facebook careers page, it is a recently fulfilled position, no longer available on the page, that offers the biggest indication of the social media giant's intentions in payments.

Still up on Glassdoor and LinkedIn, despite a note saying that "This job is no longer accepting applications", the role will see the chosen candidate "tackle challenging issues of scale, reliability, efficiency and security while delivering a delightful, simple user experience to a global user base".

The person who gets the job will "have the proven ability to go deep into payments architecture and infrastructure along with a solid understanding of blockchain technologies," states a job description.

Facebook has been tinkering on the edges of payments for years but seems to have recently stepped up its interest, particularly in relation to blockchain. In December, Bloomberg reported that the company is working on a 'Facecoin' cryptocurrency that will let users of its WhatsApp messaging service send and receive money.

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