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Facebook’s Libra Currency Faces Skeptical Government in India

July 8, 2019, 1:19 PM

The latest skepticism to Facebook Inc.’s plans for its new cryptocurrency called Libra comes from India as Asia’s third-largest economy is not keen on allowing the digital currency in the country.

“Design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained,” Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Garg said in an interview in New Delhi on July 6. “But whatever it is, it would be a private cryptocurrency and that’s not something we have been comfortable with.”

Both the government and the central bank have virtually outlawed cryptocurrencies after it barred banks from dealing in them. While the Reserve Bank of India ...