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Facebook, the social networking giant which owns the popular WhatsApp messaging app and image-based Instagram, is gearing up to launch a rival to bitcoin as soon as next year as it accelerates plans to diversify its revenue away from advertising.

The bitcoin-inspired cryptocurrency, reportedly dubbed GlobalCoin, is set to be rolled out for testing by the end of 2018, with plans to launch it in 2020 in up to a dozen countries around the world—potentially sending shockwaves throughout the burgeoning bitcoin and cryptocurrency sector.

The bitcoin price, which has recently rallied to year-to-date highs, failed to react strongly to the latest Facebook cryptocurrency news, although it has been desperately seeking direction over recent months as the traditional finance industry, global tech giants, and the world's regulators mull how to proceed with bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies.

Facebook's embattled founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has met with the Bank of England governor Mark Carney to discuss how a Facebook version of bitcoin might work and the risks and regulation involved, it was reported by the BBC.

Zuckerberg, who has taken a vastly different approach to bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to his fellow social media CEO Jack Dorsey, appears to be more interested in supplanting bitcoin than developing it.

Facebook has been known to be interested in developing a rival to bitcoin since December, with the project codenamed Project Libra.

Earlier this month a U.S. venture capitalist said the recent revelations about Facebook working on a bitcoin rival have "lit a fire in the pants of every U.S. major [financial technology] and financial institution.

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The bitcoin price has rallied in recent months but remains well below its all-time highs set in late 2017. COINDESK


"Once [Facebook users] own [Facebook's GlobalCoin], it will be like being on the internet so people can spin-out and start owning bitcoin, ethereum," Spencer Bogart, a partner at venture capital firm Blockchain Capital told Bloomberg, a financial newswire. "Bitcoin has gone from zero users ten years ago to somewhere between 30 million to 100 million–the estimates are tough. And Facebook has billions of users."

It's thought Facebook is planning to raise money to use as collateral for its cryptocurrency while designing the digital token to keep a stable value, pegged to a basket of foreign currencies held in bank accounts.

It's thought Facebook has been eyeing a move into broader financial services since hiring former PayPal president David Marcus in 2014, who also became head of the company's blockchain division.





source https://www.forbes.com/sites/billybambro...8161e6286e
by Billy Bambrough
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