According to cointelegraph, David Marcus, the head of Facebook Financial, stated that both cryptocurrency Diem and related crypto wallet Novi could be launched in the following year. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival 2020 on Dec. 08, he noted that regulators should finally let Facebook move forward with its cryptocurrency:
“I don’t think what we are asking for is just immediate trust. I think […] what we’re asking for is at least to have the benefit of the doubt […] I think all of those things that we’ve done — which has created all kinds of complications in the execution of this vision — is I think a good reason to give us the benefit of the doubt in terms of our intentions and what we plan to do here.”
Marcus declared that Facebook is now awaiting regulatory approvals to operate the stablecoin and associated wallet.
Marcus’ comments on the anticipated launch of the Diem stablecoin come short time later the Libra Association rebranded to the Diem Association on Dec. 01, 2020, in a move to shake off the mixed reception of its crypto project formerly known as Libra.
Nevertheless, the rebrand doesn’t seem to have impressed everyone. On Dec. 07, Olaf Scholz, German Finance Minister, criticized the Diem project, calling it a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and indicating that changing its name would not change its fundamentals.