Almost half of Americans and Brits would not trust Facebook in regards to its long-awaited stablecoin Libra, technology and market-focused news platform Telecoms.com reported on July 22.
Facebook’s trust issues could hurt Libra project
Citing a survey from instant messaging application Viber, the news outlet reveals that 49% of users in the United Kingdom and the United States said that they would not put trust in the social media giant when it comes to its own digital currency. Those respondents specified that they would not trust Facebook at all in regards to keeping their private information secure when using Libra.
In the UK, 28% of the surveyed responded that they have not come to a decision, while only 4% said they would trust Facebook. The survey in the U.S. led to similar results, although only 2.5% of the respondents stated that they would trust Facebook.
Libra bombarded with criticism
Libra has raised concerns in many jurisdictions around the world and generated a lot of attention in the financial world since its announcement. Although Facebook claims that Libra’s associated digital wallet Calibra “will have strong protection in place to keep your money and your information safe,” experts and policy makers have expressed doubts about users’ data privacy and security.
In a statement on the stablecoin, Committee chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters commented on the lack of uniform regulation in the cryptocurrency market and said that regulators should view Facebook’s plans for Libra “as a wake-up call to get serious about the privacy and national security concerns, cybersecurity risks, and trading risks that are posed by cryptocurrencies.”
Last week, G7 finance ministers warned that cryptocurrencies such as Libra risk upsetting the world’s financial system if they are not regulated tightly. French finance minister Bruno Le Maire stated that the G7 “cannot accept private companies issuing their own currencies without democratic control.”