Steven Mnuchin, the U. S. Treasury Secretary, has recently been interviewed by CNBC’s Squawk Box. During the interview, he talked about how some companies are abandoning the Libra Association as they are concerned with regulatory problems.
Libra realized that they are not ready, that they are not up to par, says @stevenmnuchin1 about Facebook’s plan to start a cryptocurrency. "I assume some of the partners got concerned and dropped out until they meet those standards." pic.twitter.com/hrtR41LaSJ
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) October 14, 2019
According to him, the project is really not “up to par” with the current laws for Anti-Money Laundering of the United States. This would prompt the government to take action against them, so they have understood that it was not a good idea to side with Libra before the project was really up to par with what was expected.
Recently, PayPal, Mastercard, eBay, Stripe, Visa and other major companies have all announced that they would drop from the Libra Association, which would govern Facebook’s upcoming stablecoin. Most of the companies decided to back away from the Libra as the G7 working group reported that Libra was a major potential threat to international stability.
When PayPal left the association, people from the company affirmed that the company “remained supportive” of Libra but that it would not be a part of it anymore. That is the general consensus now. Most companies don’t really want to burn the bridges, but they noticed that backing the Libra is possibly not the greatest idea right now.
The anti-Libra stance, however, is not taken by everybody. The CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, has recently criticized the senators of the country for asking companies to leave the project (which they did). According to him, this is “un-American”.
Right now, Facebook is fighting to keep its partners on its team and to convince the regulators that it can provide a good service, but the situation is far from certain.