David Rutter Libra
R3 CEO David Rutter Says Facebook’s Announcement Of Libra Was ‘Ridiculously Stupid’
November 22, 2019
David Rutter Libra
R3 CEO David Rutter Says Facebook’s Announcement Of Libra Was ‘Ridiculously Stupid’
November 22, 2019

David Rutter, the CEO of R3, a blockchain firm, has ridiculed the way that Facebook introduced its yet-to-be-released Libra stablecoin.

On November 18, it has been reported by Financial News, which Rutter said that the announcement of Libra this summer was “ridiculously stupid”.

Likewise, Rutter delivered comments during a recent company conference in London by admitting that Facebook’s plans to issue their own cryptocurrency made policymakers and financial regulators have sped up the process of examination of blockchain and cryptocurrency applications.

However, he also said that Facebook’s ambition to enter the financial systems world, which market participants have been working on for years, was “really naïve.”

Rutter stated:

“I think what they did was ridiculously stupid. The way they rolled it out… Yeah, you know it was just so… It was just so in your face. There’s a lack of understanding.” 

David Rutter

He added:

“When we saw [Facebook] talking about doing a basket of currencies with weighting, in reality when we want to translate that back to real-world currencies it’s not simple.[…] It’s really naïve.”

David Rutter

While global regulators continue arguing about Libra’s expediency and look at reaching common ground on the issue, the Libra Association is proceeding with the development of the Libra network.

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The Association has reportedly logged over 30 projects and 51,000 transactions on the Libra network during the past two months.

Moreover, the organization is planning to introduce a range of new features in upcoming months, such as the launch of a new process for completing Contributor License Agreements and establishment of a Technical Steering Committee, which is set to supervise and manage the technical design and development of the Libra network on behalf of association members.

Thus, Facebook also announced the launch of its new fiat payment system dubbed Facebook Pay, as the payment system is designed to facilitate payments across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

Source: fnlondon.com | cointelegraph.com


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