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“After nearly four unbelievably rewarding years leading Messenger, I have decided it was time for me to take on a new challenge,” Marcus said in a Facebook post. “I’m setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch.”

And that was it. Since then, no official plans have been announced for a technology that some say could threaten Facebook’s role as a kingpin of a the centralized online ecosystem. However, Cheddar reported that Facebook could develop its own cryptocurrency, something messaging app rival Kik did a year ago as a way to better compete with Facebook. And while it’s unclear whether Facebook will create a FaceCoin or something altogether different, many are curious what it might mean for blockchain-focused companies and the rest of the internet.

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