Facebook Joins Cryptocurrency Fever Through WhatsApp

Menlo Park based social media giant Facebook is reportedly developing a cryptocurrency that would allow its users to send and receive money through its messaging app WhatsApp, according to a news published by Bloomberg.

Facebook will create a stablecoin, a cryptocurrency pegged to a traditional currency, but the project is still in its early stages. The idea is to minimise volatility according to Bloomberg sources. “It is still working on the strategy, including a plan for custody assets, or regular currencies that would be held to protect the value of the stablecoin.”

The blockchain initiative in Facebook is gaining steam recently with the hiring process hotting up to about 40 people involved in its blockchain group currently. Remember that the company moved former PayPal president David Marcus to lead company’s blockchain initiatives.

Earlier in December, business news outlet Cheddar reported that Facebook was in discussions and ideas exchange with industry insiders. “The idea of creating a decentralised digital currency for the social network’s 2 billion users.”

India will be the guinea pig for Facebook stablecoin

The project would be initially launched in India, where WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users and will be focused on remittances.

India is one of the biggest markets for remittances, in 2017, almost $70 billion were sent back home from migrants in India. Besides, India has 480 million internet users, and it is expected to grow to 737 million by 2022.