On Tuesday, the luring of full inspection continues from the financial regulators and politicians across the world. Some U.S. lawmakers from both sides will interrogate Facebook Inc on its digital coin plan.
Facebook surprised regulators and lawmakers on June 18 with an announcement about the launching of a new digital coin called Libra in 2020, with a reverse action to get Washington onside.
Since then, it has tackled a burst of criticism from policymakers and financial regulators in the country and abroad.
Those who distress broad acceptance of the digital currency by the social media giant’s 2.38 billion users could upset the financial system.
Without extensive input from policymakers, critics have articulated rage. The company would have gotten so far in its plans for such a possibly groundbreaking project.
The Senate Banking Committee will question David Marcus. The top executive of the company for he should oversee the issues regarding the rising Libra affecting global monetary policy. Moreover, concerns upstretched on how the customer will handle information.
On Monday, according to the arranged testimony of the committee, Facebook promised it would not begin to offer Libra as part of digital coins until regulatory issues are addressed. Marcus, who was president of PayPal from 2012 to 2014, will try to ease concerns.
Marcus, who is also owed to attest before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, said, “We know we need to take the time to get this right.”
Democratic lawmakers, who believe the company is too vast and inconsiderate with consumer data, expect Marcus to have a private reception.
After President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin voiced concerns, Marcus is likely to face uncertainty from Republicans.
On Monday, Mnuchin said, “They’re going to have to convince us of very high standards before they have access to the U.S. financial system.”
The Confidential Plan of Facebook
In a news report, Kevin Weil, who runs the product of the Libra’s creativity, expressed his opinion. He indicated that Facebook allows a small portion of its vast workforce to work on the project.
A former employee stated that the company tried to keep the project confidential even internally. Some staffs that were not taking part in it had an idea.
Since last year, rumors about Facebook working on a cryptocurrency has raised concerns. Whereas, the progressive stages of the project started to emerge only in recent months as news reports indicated.
Formally, the company started reaching out to key regulators. Including the Federal Reserve, the Treasury, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from the week of its announcement.
However, two persons with an idea of the discussions stated that the talks remained unclear. The discussion of the project was only on a theoretical level but with critical details.
Three congressional sources said the lack of clarity from Facebook frustrates some lawmakers specializing in financial services policy.
For example, Facebook did not write back to the letter on May 9 as the top republican and democrat of the Senate Banking Committee seek information on how the company would protect consumers’ financial information.