Report: Facebook Seeks BitLicense From New York State Regulator
Facebook is reportedly seeking a New York BitLicense to comply with state regulations pertaining to Libra.
Facebook is reportedly aiming to launch Libra by 2020, and a spokesperson for the social media firm remarked:
“The scrutiny that we’ve seen is something that we expected and welcome… We announced this early by design in order to have this discourse in the open and gather feedback.”
However, the scope of regulatory compliance for Facebook’s aims may include thousands of different standards to meet. Sean Park, Founder and Chief Investment Officer at venture capital firm Anthemis is quoted as saying:
“They will not get a free pass anywhere... And, given their intention to be global, they will ultimately need literally hundreds, perhaps thousands, of licenses from hundreds of different regulators across the globe.”
Chairwoman Rep. Maxine Waters additionally has called on Facebook to put a hold on Libra developments until the hearings are completed:
“Given the company’s troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action.”