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US politician says Libra is like sending a friend request to terrorists

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A United States Democratic congressman has claimed “Mark Zuckerberg is sending a friend request to oligarchs, drug dealers, human traffickers and terrorists” by launching Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.

Describing Libra as the “Zuck Buck,” Sherman also accused Mark Zuckerburg of deliberately trying to bypass US anti-money laundering laws. In addition, Sherman’s tweet included a mock Facebook screenshot that showed Zuckerburg sending a friend request to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Underneath, the billionaire’s other friends are listed as the Palestinian group Hamas (which the US and the EU designate as a terrorist organization), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Sherman took David Marcus, the CEO of Facebook’s Calibra crypto wallet, to task during an explosive hearing about Libra in Congress on July 17.

The congressman warned the Financial Services Committee that Libra was “the biggest thing this committee will deal with this decade” and rejected Marcus’s assertions that there was a distinction between Facebook and Libra.

In a fiery exchange, Sherman warned that if Libra “is used to finance the next horrific terrorist attack, 100 lawyers standing in a row charging $200,000 an hour, and not going to protect his [Zuckerburg’s] rear end from the wrath of the American people.”     

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