Facebook is building a cryptocurrency to be used in WhatsApp, report says


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Image: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty ImagesBy Stan Schroeder 2018-12-21 11:35:29 UTC

Facebook is working on a cryptocurrency that will let users of WhatsApp — the messaging service that the social network giant acquired in 2014 — send and receive money, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The initial focus of this effort would be the remittances market in India, the report says, and the cryptocurrency would be a stablecoin — a special type of cryptocoin which has its value pegged to some real world asset, such as the U.S. dollar.

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