Cryptocurrency critic, Nouriel Roubini on Tuesday denounced Facebook’s Libra stablecoin.
Just hours after Facebook published its Libra white paper, the respected New York University economics professor colloquially known as Dr Doom because of his accurate forecasts of market bubbles and global bust cycles, took to Twitter to voice his concerns.
He labelled the Libra project, due for launch in 2020, a “monopoly scam” aimed solely at lifting the social media giant’s profits through its many billions of worldwide users.
Roubini also criticized Facebook’s apparent misappropriation of the term “blockchain” to describe the technology that supports the Libra project.
It will start as a private, permissioned, not-trustless, centralized, oligopolistic, members-only club. So much for calling it ‘blockchain’. Like all ‘enterprise DLT (distributed ledger technology)’ it is blockchain in name only and a monopoly to extract massive seignorage from billions of users. A monopoly scam.
The economist had, a day earlier, slammed Facebook’s ambitions to be a global currency issuer.
At a time when Big Tech is coming under sharp legislative scrutiny coz of serious anti-trust concerns and all governments, even the US, want to crack down on these monopolies Facebook wants to become the monopolistic Global Fed without even a bank license. What a ridiculous chutzpah!
Other Twitter critics include:
Nilay Patel wrote:
A cryptocurrency controlled by a cabal of 27 corporations including two giant credit card companies is truly the dream
Nadim Kobeissi twitted:
Libra is wrong. Anyone using Libra is doing something wrong and its developers were wrong to build it. Anything that encourages and normalizes Facebook having a global currency on top of its existing unchecked global empire of spying, personal data resale and abuse is dead wrong.
However, Andrew Yang, a US Presidential hopeful for 2020, said on Twitter:
“The new Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra could be a big step for the hundreds of millions of unbanked around the world. It’s use of the blockchain makes a lot of sense. Could even curb corruption as a lot of int’l aid money intended for impoverished people never reaches them.”