Facebook’s Libra is no Closer to Getting off the Ground

There are a lot of eyes on the upcoming Libra digital currency. For Facebook, a lot of the initial support had already dissipated.

In fact, the list of partners bailing on Libra has grown relatively long in recent months.

The Libra Project is on Weak Legs

Despite noting strong support from early backers happily paying $10 million for running  a node, the situation has taken a turn for the worse.

As a result, the Libra Association now has plenty of vacant seats waiting to be filled.

The latest company to depart is Vodafone.

According to the company, this has nothing to do with all the regulatory scrutiny Facebook’s pet project is facing.

Instead, the UK telco wants to refocus its attention on M-Pesa, its existing digital payments solution.

It is the eighth company to drop support for this project since Q3 of 2019.

Other noteworthy departures include eBay, Stripe, Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and Mercado Pago.

It is evident that none of the existing financial players wants to get involved in a project that seemingly can’t meet regulatory requirements.

However, there is a chance that the situation will turn around.

If positive regulatory news follows in the next few months new partners may decide to jump on the bandwagon.

Until that happens, however, it seems unlikely that Facebook’s Libra will get off the ground.