Libra rebrands to Diem, hoping to shake off associations

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The project is hoping that a new name will help people forget the mass regulatory panic that drowned out Libra’s initial announcement.

According to a press release posted today, the Libra Association is changing its name to the Diem Association.

The shift is likely in the hopes of turning the page on Libra’s PR. Facebook initially announced its planned global stablecoin Libra in June of last year to immediate regulatory uproar that has swamped the project since. Facebook’s involvement has proved especially controversial.

The new name makes use of the Latin word for “day,” best known in the saying, “Carpe diem.” The Association’s press release upon the announcement alludes obliquely to the need to change the narrative on the project:

“Now transitioning to the name ‘Diem,’ which denotes a new day for the project, the Diem Association will continue to pursue a mission of building a safe, secure and compliant payment system that empowers people and businesses around the world.”

In its announcement, the Diem Association unveiled its new logo, which has retained the purple theme, triple horizontal swooshes and lower-case brand of the original Libra.

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Meet the new logo, same as the old logo

Just last week, the Libra Association announced that it was looking to launch a dollar-pegged version of Libra in January. This was itself a way of placating regulators in the United States who were uncomfortable with letting the association have full control over the “basket of currencies” proposed by the initial project.

Stuart Levey, Diem Association CEO, said: “We are excited to introduce Diem — a new name that signals the project’s growing maturity and independence.”

As alluded to earlier, the Libra Association has been at pains to placate regulators over the bulk of the last 18 months. Today’s announcement highlights a series of hires who, like Levey, have come heavily armed with experience at regulators in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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