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President-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and Candidate for President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde.

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We demand that the European Central Bank and EU institutions block the introduction of the private currency Libra before it is introduced in the market by Facebook and other private companies in 2020.

Why is this important?

Facebook has already breached our privacy countless times. Now, the big tech giant is preparing to invade one of our last areas of privacy: our money.

Despite recent scandals, Facebook and its corporate partners unveiled their plans to deeply transform our monetary system with the introduction of a new global “digital currency” to be called Libra, which is vastly different from the decentralised and open digital currencies currently available. [1]

Facebook wants to put its plans into practice as early as the beginning of 2020. [2] The power of the big tech giants is already almost uncontrollable. If access to sensitive payment data is added, many of us will become dangerously dependent – even our dependence on big banks is less dangerous compared to that. Facebook and their corporate partner’s plan is for more and more people to use it for everyday transactions, which they will be able to monitor unscrupulously.

Together with our partners Finance Watch and Finanzwende we must prevent this from happening.

There is already a momentum to stop Facebook’s new currency before it even launches. The European Central Bank has already issued a warning against Libra and one ECB official has called it “treacherous.” [3] France and Germany have recently pledged to fight Libra [4]. But warnings and pledges are not enough, we need a ban on Facebook money.

Together our people power can help ensure that these warnings are followed up with action. We know Facebook is lobbying hard behind the scenes, and regulators willing to stand up to them need to hear our support. Just recently, in a leaked audio Zuckerberg told his employees that they are counting on private meetings with regulators behind closed doors to ensure the rollout of Libra.[5] If we show the European Central Bank and EU institutions that we don’t want Facebook money, our support can help push them to block Libra’s launch while it is still in development.

And if the European Union stands united against Facebook, the planned launch of Libra can be stopped. Without access to European markets, Libra would not make much sense as a “global cryptocurrency that will be available around the world.” [6]


References:

Please also read Finance Watch's report for more reasons why the Facebook currency is a bad idea: https://www.finance-watch.org/publication/libra-heads-i-win-tails-you-lose/

  1. https://libra.org/en-US/partners/ ; Find more about how Libra works by reading the official Libra White Paper: https://libra.org/en-US/white-paper/#introduction. See the differences between Bitcoin and Libra: https://coincenter.org/entry/the-differences-between-bitcoin-and-libra-should-matter-to-policymakers
  2. https://libra.org/en-US/white-paper/?noredirect=en-US#introduction
  3. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ecb-official-calls-facebooks-libra-treacherous-2019-09-02
  4. https://www.politico.eu/article/france-and-germany-pledge-to-fight-facebooks-libra/
  5. https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/1/20756701/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-leak-audio-ftc-antitrust-elizabeth-warren-tiktok-comments?fbclid=IwAR2DOFeyGDTEBLiTwV8uLuaQfsADWpperiELGzy-97mMOEVYofb7SazOeto
  6. https://libra.org/en-US/

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