Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Facebook is working on its own Bitcoin rival, reports claim

Facebook reportedly has ‘very serious’ plans to launch its own cryptocurrency, which will be designed to allow users to make payments on the social media platform.

The initial report came courtesy of Cheddar, and a Facebook spokesperson later confirmed to The Verge that the company has a small team working on developing its own blockchain solution, but said that at the moment it’s exploring “many different applications.”

There’s been some speculation that if Facebook is working on its own blockchain tech, that it might take the form of a cryptocurrency that users could then use to make payments for items on the Facebook Marketplace.

That said, given the blockchain’s ability to store information as well as working as working as a payment method, the technology could also be deployed to keep a tighter hold over its user’s data — especially in the light of the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In recent months it’s become easier to point out the large companies that aren’t working on blockchain than the ones that are. The photography company Kodak launched KodakCoin and saw its share price jump by 60%, and more recently Playboy joined with other members of the adult entertainment industry to work on its own cryptocurrency deployment.

This wouldn’t be the first time Facebook has experimented with its own currency. Between 2009 and 2012 the social media platform operated its own payment system called ‘Facebook Credits’ which provided an alternative way for users to pay for microtransactions in the burgeoning Facebook gaming scene.

However, despite its ambitions to expand the credits to one day become a general payment currency for use across the rest of the web, and the fact that it even created a subsidiary to administer it, the company shuttered the scheme in 2013.

Would you want to use Facebook’s own currency to make payments on the platform? Let us know @TrustedReviews

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.