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The name is already used by another well-known company.
On Tuesday, Facebook released the white paper for its upcoming cryptocurrency “libra”. Here you can read all you need to know about it.
According to a Facebook spokesperson, the name “Libra” stems from money in ancient Rome where it was a unit of weight used to mint coins, Quartz reports.
In addition, the name alludes to the French “libre”, which means “free”.
Libra’s new symbol, which looks like a wave, “represents the energy that flows between us, the borderless nature of water, and the movement between people, places, and money”, the spokesperson told the news site.
But here comes the twist. The name is already used by another well-known company.
Libra is also a very popular tampon brand in Australia, something several users on Twitter have pointed out.
Fun fact for the internet: Facebook's new "cryptocurrency" (😂), "#Libra", shares its name with one of Australia's top brands of tampon. Yes, we like to do things differently #downunder. pic.twitter.com/bfLROVcAV0
— Karen Wellington ⛅️ (@Karentton) June 18, 2019
— Rachael Collins (@rm_collins) June 18, 2019
yea so facebook went from globalcoin to libra, but libra in australia is a popular line of sanitary products
"Dad sent you 50 Libras!" is a gonna be a weird notification for loads of peoplehttps://t.co/LliI9xU6ZQ
— David Canellis (@dcanellis) June 18, 2019
So even if no name is perfect, and although there seem to be clear historical links to the choice of the name Libra, Quartz still writes that it all seems a bit “culturally ignorant” by Facebook to use a name that is already very well known as something else in a certain part of the world for a global currency.
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