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Follow Us. NEW YORK — PayPal has pulled out of Facebook's digital currency project, known as Libra, a blow to the social media company that has faced stronger-than-expected scrutiny over its proposed creation of an alternative payments system.
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The digital payments company said Friday it is withdrawing from the Libra Association so it can focus on its existing businesses. Facebook has presented Libra as a currency that could be used for digital payments, particularly outside the U.
It would be backed by real currency, unlike other digital currencies like Bitcoin or Etherium. The Libra Association, based in Switzerland, was supposed to give the currency project a comfortable arm's length distance from Facebook, which wouldn't own Libra.
Despite Facebook's efforts, financial regulators as well as members of Congress have questioned the company's motives for creating a new digital currency, particularly in light of criticisms that Facebook's business model is too invasive of its users' privacy. Maxine Waters, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, has demanded Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testify in front of her committee before Libra is rolled out.
Along with privacy concerns, Waters' has cited the potential for Libra to be used in money laundering and other financial crimes. Republicans and Democrats and even President Donald Trump have called for in various degrees for Facebook to be subject to U.