Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve: “Libra raises many serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability.” Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Facebook’s cryptocurrency libra is set to launch in the first half of 2020. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters

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 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: in the penultimate paragraph of his 2018 New Year missive he  said he intended to “go deeper and study” encryption and cryptocurrency. Photograph: Getty Images

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Rising sun: A computer generated image of what Heathrow might look like in  2050, if Earth makes it that far. Photograph: handout via AFP / Getty Images

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Facebook has said it won’t be in sole control of libra. Instead, it is teaming up with a group of 28 companies such as Uber and Spotify to form the Libra Association. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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Facebook wants to attract 100 businesses in time for the launch of libra, which it is aiming for the first half of 2020. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Facebook is to launch a cryptocurrency next year, backed by the likes of Mastercard, Visa and PayPal, that will allow people to move money from their (...)