On Monday, Facebook announced that it has created a new unit devoted to financial services to harmonize payment systems on its platform.
The new group which is called Facebook Financial will be headed by e-commerce veteran David Marcus, who was a president at PayPal before joining the leading social network six years ago.
Marcus is one of the creators of Facebook’s digital money network Libra and heads the team building a Novi digital wallet tailored for the currency.
The Novi wallet set to launch when Libra coins debut promises to give Facebook opportunities to build financial services into its offerings, offer to expand its own commerce, and let more small businesses buy ads on the social network.
Facebook said in an email reply to an AFP inquiry that “Today various payment features exist across our apps, and we want to make sure decision making, execution, and compliance are not fragmented. We want to be able to give people the ability to make a payment however they choose — debit, credit, or Libra digital currencies.”
Noting security concerns posed by Facebook’s yet-to-be-launched digital currency Libra, the Federal Reserve last week revealed plans for its own instant payments system.
The Fed said that FedNow will provide households and businesses with instant access to payments, for wages, government benefits, or sales, without waiting days for checks to clear.
The central bank said that the system, which is not due to launch for two to three years, “will be designed to maintain uninterrupted 24x7x365 processing with security features to support payment integrity and data security,”
Last year, Facebook’s announced plans to design the Libra cryptocurrency and payments system which raised immediate red flags for global finance officials who expressed a barrage of withering criticism about the security and reliability of a private network.