House Democrats are calling on Facebook to stop the creation of its suggested Libra cryptocurrency initiative and its digital Calibra wallet until Congress and regulators have time to explore the potential hazards it presents to the global financial system.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the chair of the House Financial Services Committee, suggested a measure like this soon after the announcement of the project. Today’s letter from Waters, sent to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, and Calibra CEO David Marcus, formalizes this request from a few weeks ago. Apart from Waters, the letter is signed by the representatives of the subcommittee of House Finance.
“If products and services like these are left improperly regulated and without sufficient oversight, they could pose systemic risks that endanger U.S. and global financial stability ” Water writes. ” These vulnerabilities could be exploited and obscured by bad actors, as other cryptocurrencies, exchanges, and wallets have been in the past.”