Zuckerberg’s cryptocurrency project, Diem, ends with sale of assets

Zuckerberg’s cryptocurrency project, Diem, ends with sale of assets

Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to create a globally accepted cryptocurrency is over. On Monday, the association behind the Diem cryptocurrency announced it was winding down and selling off the group’s intellectual property.

The cryptocurrency project, previously known as Libra, failed to take off because federal regulators refused to play ball, according to the Diem Association, a nonprofit that Zuckerberg’s Meta helped found in 2019.

“Despite giving us positive substantive feedback on the design of the network, it nevertheless became clear from our dialogue with federal regulators that the project could not move ahead,” the group said in a statement.

The Diem Association didn’t elaborate on the struggles. But the cryptocurrency project may have been doomed from the start due to stiff resistance from regulators. Zuckerberg’s goal with Diem was to create a new blockchain-based currency that people could easily use across their mobile devices, without paying extra fees for currency transfers.

However, US lawmakers and regulators in Europe were concerned the cryptocurrency project would give Zuckerberg’s companies too much power over the global financial system.

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