Meta's WhatsApp will allow crypto payments through Novi wallet in U.S.

Using Novi does not change the privacy of WhatsApp personal messages and calls

  
A cryptocurrency mining computer is seen in front of bitcoin logo during the annual Computex computer exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan June 5, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose

A cryptocurrency mining computer is seen in front of bitcoin logo during the annual Computex computer exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan June 5, 2018. Image used for illustrative purpose

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Meta Platforms Inc's cryptocurrency wallet, Novi, will allow users to send and receive money through the social media giant's messaging app, WhatsApp.

The pilot program is open to a limited number of people in the United States, Novi head Stephane Kasriel said in a tweet late on Wednesday.

Using Novi does not change the privacy of WhatsApp personal messages and calls, he said.

Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook, has been working on the wallet app for several months, while scaling back its global plans for rolling out a digital currency called Diem on regulatory concerns.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva) ((Nivedita.Balu@thomsonreuters.com; Twitter: @niveditabalu;))


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