Social media giant Facebook has just announced Libra and Calibra after much anticipation. Calibra is a new division of the company that will focus on its new product by the same name along with Libra. Facebook stated that both, Libra as well as Calibra service will be available for users across the world in 2020. Until the official launch, Facebook will focus on improving Libra and the Calibra product. In fact, Facebook Libra and Calibra seem to be the latest bet that the company may have made on the future of the world. Also Read - Facebook testing Watch with new sections, languages
We are sure that you are curious about what both these things really are. We went through the announcement and official Libra and Calibra websites to explain things to you. It is likely that both Facebook Libra and Calibra are likely to matter incredibly in the future. To start things off, Libra is the much much-anticipated cryptocurrency that Facebook has been working on since quite some time. What is more that Facebook will not really own or control Libra. Instead, it has created the Libra Association to control and develop Libra. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg did not ignore users' personal data issues: Facebook
All members of the Libra Association will be responsible for developing and steering Libra Cryptocurrency in the right direction. Similar to all the association members, Facebook will also have just one vote in the Libra Association. Currently, the association has 28 founding members, a number that according to the claims by Facebook, will reach 100 before the official launch. Some major names as part of the association include MasterCard, Visa, Uber, PayU, PayPal, coinbase, and Spotify. Other names include stripe, eBay, lyft, Vodafone, Facebook, and Calibra. Talking about Calibra, Facebook has also launched its Calibra digital wallet along with the Libra cryptocurrency. Also Read - Facebook awards 22-year old Manipuri youth Rs 3.4 lakh for spotting WhatsApp bug
Libra cryptocurrency: A stablecoin token
Cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin is known for its volatile nature and huge fluctuations in the value. This made people a bit apprehensive about cryptocurrencies. To combat that, Facebook has opted for stablecoin, a type of cryptocurrency that is stable in value. To ensure long term stability of Libra, each of the founding members have paid at least $10 million to become a validatory node operator. Libra blockchain will control and manage all the Libra Cryptocurrency transactions. Facebook noted that Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra wallet will launch in 2020 given developers across the world enough time to fix any issues in the Libra blockchain.
According to the announcement, Facebook has also launched a new subsidiary company called Calibra. This separate company will be in charge of handling your crypto transactions and not mix that with your Facebook data. This segregation will also ensure that Facebook does not use Libra payments and transactions to serve ads to users. Facebook will not tie your identity to all your publicly visible transactions in the Blockchain. Facebook is aiming for the financial world with Libra and Calibra instead of how you connect with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Calibra Wallet on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Android, iOS, and more
As mentioned above, Calibra will launch its first product, the Calibra wallet in 2020. To ensure widespread adoption, the company will launch this new wallet on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp along with dedicated apps on iOS, Android, and more. Facebook wants to ensure that users can easily send money to their friends, family, colleagues, and anyone across the world. The only requirement for this to work will be a smartphone. Facebook claims that the process will be as easy as sending a text message. Facebook revealed that it will have similar measures for security that traditional banks employ. Some of these measures include anti-fraud measures.