Facebook is concluding plans to launch its own cryptocurrency next year, 2020. About a dozen countries will have the service by the first quarter of 2020.
The social media giant, however, said it will begin testing the cryptocurrency - which is called GlobalCoin - by the end of this year, BBC News reports.
Crypto-currencies are virtual monies that are stored in online wallets and can be used anonymously between users, and they run on blockchain technology.
The blockchain technology is a set of independent computers that does not need any middleman to facilitate transactions, which was built in such a way that can never be hijacked by hackers.
The tech giant is also set to bring out plans in details this summer, as it is said to be in talks with the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, met with Carney in April as they discussed the opportunities and the inherent risks in launching the coin.
Facebook is also seeking advice on operational and regulatory issues from officials at the US Treasury in the bid, to not run into conflict with regulations.
Another measure the company is taking to make the project an all-inclusive one is in working with Western Union, the money transfer firm, which has been looking for cheaper ways to reach those without bank accounts to send and receive money.
The Facebook GlobalCoin seeks to help people without bank accounts to make payments on the platform in a very secure way using the high-end security of the blockchain technology.
It should be noted that Facebook plans to launch a digital currency network first started in December 2018 where it nicknamed the currency plan Project Libra. The project has ever since been in talks with banks and brokers so that people can be allowed to change their traditional currencies into the coin.
One of the concerns of any cryptocurrency is that it is still largely unregulated and has a high fluctuating level, especially when the supply of the coin far outweighs the demand for it.
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