Monday, October 7, 2019

Is PayPal Backing Out Of Libra Deal?

 


The controversial essence of what is Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency has just been hit significantly according to recently surfaced news.

A spokesperson for the payment giant Paypal spoke to the Wall Street Journal on Friday afternoon and said that the firm has decided to "forgo further particpiation" on the project. However, despite this, they added that the payment network will continue to support the goal of Libra which is to 'democratize finance'. This would mean that is will keep it options open with Facebook for the future.

The PayPal representative said:
"We remain supportive of Libra's aspirations and look forward to continued dialogue on ways to work together in the future. Facebook has been a longstanding and valued strategic partner to PayPal, and we will continue to partner with and support Facebook in various capacities."

This is an announcement that came shortly after sources to the Financial Times said that PayPal spokespersons didn't make an appearance at the Washington-based Libra conference. Sources went onto say that out of the 28 corporate backers of the upcoming stablecoin, PayPal was the only one who didn't turn up to the meeting. What this was down to is unknown, however, it's important to keep an open mind and not presume the worst.

It's also worth noting that by not turning up to support the Libra Association, PayPal hasn't actually betrayed any formal contracts or agreements. Gabrielle Rabinovitch, the Vice President of investor relations at PayPal, said in August that the firm's participation in the crypto venture was one backed by a "non-binding" contract.

Apple
We recently got the opinion of Apple's Tim Cook and what he thinks of cryptocurrency and Libra. However, when being asked whether Apple is planning to create a currency, Cook said:
"No. I deeply believe that money must remain in the hands of states. I am not comfortable with the idea that a private group creates a competing currency. A private company does not have to seek to gain power in this way. Money, like Defense, must remain in the hands of States, it is at the heart of their mission. We elect our representatives to assume government responsibilities. Companies are not elected, they do not have to go on this ground."

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