Facebook in talks with banks and payment processors over stablecoin launch

Facebook in talks with banks and payment processors over stablecoin launch

Facebook has reportedly met with Visa, Mastercard and a number of bulge-bracket financial institutions in the hope of securing a $1 billion investment for its secretive cryptocurrency project,

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.

One of the ideas coming out of this group is the creation of a stablecoin that would be pegged to major international currencies and used to send payments across the social media giant's messaging apps.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is planning to launch a full payments network and in discussions with Visa and Mastercard, payments processors such as giant First Data as well as large e-commerce merchants to support the launch. It has also held talks with major banks over raising $1 billion to bolster the coin against major currency fluctuations.

The plans are so advanced that Facebook has reportedly already held talks with leading cryptocurrency exchanges about selling the new digital token, freeing the company from the need to hold the coins and vet users.

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 03 May, 2019, 13:34Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

When I think of all these cryptocurrencies.

One word springs to mind.  Liquidity! 

Then I ponder the origination or creation of the coin.  I wonder about creation, the in the beginning.  Is is fair to say, someone simply uses a cryptographic computation process generates some number of coins then "sells" or trades them to multiple entities, in exchange for a known digital currency?

Everything after this, assuming the software and cryptography is bug free, secure and efficient; makes perfect sense.