Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets went into meltdown this week, with the bitcoin price suddenly falling off a cliff.
The bitcoin price lost some 15% in a shock sell-off on Tuesday, dragging down the wider bitcoin and crypto market and catching traders, who had hoped the hotly-anticipated Bakkt crypto platform launch would give bitcoin a boost, off-guard.
Now, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his libra cryptocurrency, which is largely credited with sparking bitcoin's bull run earlier this year, may not launch in 2020, as previously expected.
"Obviously we want to move forward at some point soon [and] not have this take many years to roll out," Zuckerberg told Nikkei Asian Review, a Japanese business newspaper. "But right now I’m really focused on making sure that we do this well."
Facebook's libra has run into opposition around the world as countries, including India, France and the U.S., warn it will undermine their national currencies, with U.S. president Donald Trump launching a blistering attack on libra, bitcoin, and crypto earlier this year.
Bitcoin traders and investors have closely-watched the development of Facebook's libra, which has been adopted as something of a cryptocurrency regulatory bellwether and a tacit endorsement of bitcoin's underlying blockchain technology.
"A lot of people have had questions and concerns, and we're committed to making sure that we work through all of those before moving forward," Zuckerberg added.
Facebook's libra is being pitched as a global currency, with the social media giant aiming to bring as many countries on board as possible.
However, the primary target is developing countries where banking and access to finance is low.
"Part of the approach and how we've changed is that now when we do things that are going to be very sensitive for society, we want to have a period where we can go out and talk about them and consult with people and get feedback and work through the issues before rolling them out," Zuckerberg said.
"And that's a very different approach than what we might have taken five years ago. But I think it's the right way for us to do this at the scale that we operate in."
The bitcoin price lost some 15% in a shock sell-off on Tuesday, […]