Facebook faces probe on currency

Original article by Michael Roddan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 8 : 6-Nov-19

Austrac is among eight Australian financial regulators that will undertake an investigation into plans by social media giant Facebook to launch a cryptocurrency. The regulators are expected to use their formal powers to compel Facebook to disclose details of its proposal for the Libra digital currency. The concerns about Libra are believed to include its potential impact on national security, privacy and financial markets.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT. AUSTRALIAN TRANSACTION REPORTS AND ANALYSIS CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION COMMISSIONER

Facebook digital currency to challenge the banks

Original article by James Eyers
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 20 : 19-Jun-19

Social media giant Facebook has outlined plans to directly compete with financial services providers such as banks and the online payments sector. It aims to offer digital wallet and cryptocurrency products in the first half of 2020. Facebook is a founding member of the Libra Association, which will manage the Libra cryptocurrency, while its digital wallet will be called Calibra. Facebook’s plans can be expected to attract close scrutiny from Australian and international regulators, given the company’s data breach scandal in 2018.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, LIBRA ASSOCIATION, AUSTRALIAN SECURITIES AND INVESTMENTS COMMISSION, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, ANDREESSEN HOROWITZ, UNION SQUARE VENTURES, RIBBIT CAPITAL, ALIPAY, TENCENT HOLDINGS LIMITED, AFTERPAY TOUCH GROUP LIMITED – ASX APT, ZIP CO LIMITED – ASX Z1P, APPLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, OFX GROUP LIMITED – ASX OFX, TRANSFERWISE, MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED, VISA INTERNATIONAL, PAYPAL INCORPORATED, EBAY INCORPORATED, UBER TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED, SPOTIFY LIMITED, VODAFONE GROUP PLC, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

PayPal faces boycott over lack of services in Palestine

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 3-Jan-18

The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network (APAN) has urged Australians to boycott online payments provider Paypal. It accuses Paypal of engaging in "online apartheid" by providing its services to Israelis but not to Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank, even though they use the same currency, the Israeli shekel. PayPal states its lack of service to Palestine is not politically motivated, but that there are certain compliance and regulatory issues that need to be addressed before it can provide its service to Palestinians.

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AUSTRALIAN PALESTINIAN ADVOCACY NETWORK, PAYPAL INCORPORATED, ACTION AID