Facebook’s Libra Association has difficult times, as it has seen a departure of its original partners. However, Canadian-based Shopify has become a member of the community.
The E-commerce giant announced its decision on Friday, while other major companies such as Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and eBay terminated their relations with Facebook’s project.
As sources claim, Vodafone became the latest company to have left Libra Association focusing its resources from the stalled project to its own digital platform.
Upon joining, Shopify declared that it became a member of the Libra Association because the company wants to make banking and commerce better in the world.
As a member of the Libra Association, Shopify will become a validator node operator, obtaining one vote on the Libra Association council and can gain dividends from interest earned on the Libra reserve proportionally to its investment, which is currently $10 million at a minimum.
The partnership is an excellent decision, which will benefit both entities.
What is Libra?
Libra is a Facebook-based cryptocurrency, idea, which Facebook first devised last June. It formed the Switzerland-based Libra Association to manage and control the digital currency. However, regulators worldwide imposed various roadblocks.
There were 28 members in the Association initially, but the mass exodus of giant companies saw Libra leaving with only 20 members (other members include Coinbase, Xapo, Anchorage, Bison Trails, Creative Destruction Lab, Andreessen Horowitz, Thrive Capital, Ribbit Capital, Union Square Ventures, Illiad, Farfetch, Uber, Lyft, Kiva, Mercy Corps, Women’s World Banking, Spotify, PayU and Mark Zuckerberg’s Breakthrough Initiatives).
Shopify added that alongside other members, the team would work jointly to create a system, that makes money easily accessible and protects merchants and consumers everywhere.
Shopify noted that the team’s mission had always been to bolster the entrepreneurial journey on the platform. They are striving to create a foundation, that will strengthen more entrepreneurs across the world.
Will Libra launch this year?
This is a question – everyone tries to find a proper answer. Although Facebook was looking forward to launching Libra in mid-2020, regulatory issues took its toll and many wonder, whether it will launch this year or not. There is also a notice from regulators that Facebook-owned digital currency will jeopardize the current monetary system.
The Libra Association has to convince the regulators, the European Union and the U.S. government as well, that it will not facilitate terrorists in laundering money, damage people’s privacy or weaken nations’ power in the financial system.