Author: Wang Yanhua
David Marcus, Facebook’s head of Messenger, is going to head a new group focusing on blockchain technology.
“I’m setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch,” Marcus said in a post Tuesday afternoon on the social media site. Marcus joined the board of Coinbase, the leading U.S. marketplace for buying and selling cryptocurrencies, in December.
This signals a change in Facebook’s attitude towards blockchain and cryptocurrency, and a possible departure from its cautious stance.
In January , Facebook initiated a blanket ban on ads for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs). The ban came as a surprise to some, as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had previously expressed interest in cryptocurrencies.
Zuckerberg had previously said in a Facebook post that he wanted to study how the decentralized nature of cryptocurrency could empower individuals and “how best to use them in our services.”