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‘Facebook Coin’ Reportedly Coming in First Half of 2019

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    The New York Times reports that Facebook is already in talks with cryptocurrency exchanges about selling the coin to customers

‘Facebook Coin’ Reportedly Coming in First Half of 2019
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Facebook Coin could be launched much sooner than expected. According to a recently published New York Times (NYT) report, which cites multiple anonymous sources, Facebook employees are already shopping the coin to cryptocurrency exchanges while ‘trying to get the product out in the first half of the year.’        

2.7 bln users

Back in December, Bloomberg published a report, which reveals that the social media giant plans to roll out a stablecoin for WhatsApp. However, the NYT reveals that the company plans to integrate the cryptocurrency into two of its other major properties – Instagram and Messenger, which would give the coin an unprecedented level of exposure. The audience of the three aforementioned apps reaches 2.7 bln monthly users.

Control issues

As of now, very little is now about Facebook’s much-hyped foray into crypto, including the level of control that one of the most valuable companies in the world will retain over its cryptocurrency. If Facebook wants to place emphasis on decentralization, which is the whole point of Blockchain technology, it will harder for them to profit off their project.

A hiring spree

Facebook’s Blockchain team is currently expanding, and now they have multiple job offerings in that niche. The social media behemoth launched a team for exploring Blockchain technology back in May with David Marcus spearheading the effort.

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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