Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency: Libra

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When the entire world had been speculating about Facebook’s next Big Move, on the 18th of June, Facebook co-founder, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced their plans to launch cryptocurrency Libra by 2020. 

Amidst the chaos and skepticism about security and privacy breach, Libra has emerged as a cryptocurrency that is here to stay. And, why not, it’s not as if it’s the first time Facebook is facing opposition yet flourished. 

It is often believed that your critics are a confirmation that you are being noticed and also that you are definitely doing something right.

This article gives you a detailed insight into everything you need to know about and related to Libra.

Primarily, it is necessary to understand What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency in simple words is the digital currency. A digital asset that utilizes encryption techniques for generating units of currency. It is not regulated by a central bank unlike usual currency belonging to a country.

What is Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency?

Libra is a proposed, permission, blockchain cryptocurrency announced by the American social media giant: Facebook. The idea behind introducing this cryptocurrency is being said to empower billions of people as it would be a global currency with a strong financial Infrastructure.

The factor that builds trust is the members who have come forth in association to bring this currency in use. Enlisted here are the names of companies that are renowned in their domain and provide complete support to this venture. The Founding members among many others are:

  1. Mastercard
  2. PayPal
  3. Stripe
  4. Visa
  5. eBay
  6. Facebook
  7. Lyft
  8. Uber
  9. Spotify
  10. Andreessen Horowitz
  11. Vodafone Group
  12. Kiva
  13. Mercy Corps
  14. Women’s World Banking 
  15. Coinbase
  16. PayU

This Libra Association constitutes of 28 members in total and is based in Switzerland. It has been claimed to be a 100-member association by the time of launch of the network.

How is Libra different from other cryptocurrencies?

The part of Libra which distinguishes it from the previous cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and is much being talked about is the stability in value. Libra is going to be created with complete intent of avoiding volatility and wild swings in its value which have been observed in other cases. Libra is going to be backed by a “Reserve Fund”. This makes it more reliable than its peers.

Calibra: Wallet

A cryptocurrency wallet is one that holds the public and private key. These keys are actually the addresses that help in sending/receiving of cryptocurrency. With a Private key, it is possible for the user to spend the currency by writing in a public ledger. Whereas a Public key is one that allows others to send currency to your wallet.

Libra is associated with Facebook, and that has raised most concerns related to privacy, cases of money laundering, etc. Calibra has been solely set up to provide a wallet to deal in Libra. Moreover, Facebook has made a promise to not combine the user’s financial transactions, status or history of dealings with their social media accounts without permission. In this case, only Calibra will hold the records.     

How much is the worth of Libra?

Facebook has partnered with big firms and raised a substantial amount of money that ensures whatever scenario may come, every user’s money is secure. That been said, The next question arises about the worth of a single “Libra Coin”.

The value of a single Libra coin is to be pegged as the average of U.S. Dollars, U.K. Pounds, Euros, and Swiss Francs.

How does Libra work?

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A network of validator nodes operates the Libra blockchain. Its evolution will be monitored by the founding members. Each validator node will be dedicatedly run by one member. It is targeted that as the network grows to become more self-sustaining, it will gradually turn to a permissionless mode of operation.

When is Libra cryptocurrency coming?

Well, the wait to try your hand on Libra cryptocurrency is going to be a little longer as it is set to be launched sometime in 2020. 

But, it may also be noted that as soon as it is launched, it is going to be available on Whatsapp as well as Facebook messenger along with several platforms of its partners.

What is the future of Libra Coin introduced by Facebook?

If everything turns out exactly as planned and also claimed, Libra can totally take the world by storm in the financial sector.

The offer of money exchange across countries with zero fees is luring in itself. Other factors like time to transfer, Security, Authentic identity are also taken care of. Libra is expected to be available at a single click, so, having something for payment throughout the world instantly, securely and at a low cost seems quite advantageous.

What did Libra bring in to keep you engaged?

“Move” is the programming language for Libra. It is written in “Rust” language. Facebook has provided its users with some code that they can play with. This is another novel way in which Facebook is creating its engagement with the public.

In conclusion, some may speculate that Libra may emerge as a “sovereign currency” and Facebook the “Shadow Bank”, only time can tell whether we are actually ready for this digital change in the right sense. Let’s hope this is not another fiasco in the continually upgrading digitally propelled financial world.

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