Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency ‘open to massive fraud

MPs are considering a probe into Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency, following fears the currency could be open to fraud.

The cryptocurrency, which is due to launch next year, will be run by a number of firms including Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.

Facebook will incorporate the currency into its digital wallet called Calibra, while other companies will be able to use Libra in their own .

On British shores, similar concerns have emerged, voiced by Damian Collins, chairman of the Digital, Culture, and Sport Committee.

“To me, (Libra) suggests that Facebook’s almost trying to turn itself into its own country,” he told Financial .

“It’s a global organisation that doesn’t have physical boundaries but basically has a global community who are solely under the oversight of Mark Zuckerberg.

“If we’re going to have this system created by Facebook that exists within a Facebook walled garden, which no-one really has access to or can question, then our concern has got to be that this system is going to be open to massive fraud.”

Facebook has defended the cryptocurrency, saying it will not have special rights or privileges, and is willing to hold back from launching the service until it has satisfied the concerns of regulators around the world.

Mr said the network also understands “loud and clear” that do not want financial details connected to their media .

However, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has cautiously welcomed the cryptocurrency, saying the Bank “approaches Libra with an open mind but not an open door”.

Facebook has not set a date for launching Libra but said it will continue to seek feedback from lawmakers and regulators before launching it.

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