The value increased on Wednesday and passed $ 13,000 before it shed $ 1,000 in minutes. Around 6 pm ET, the currency was back to a value of $ 12,400. The reason why sudden dinner sales were not immediately clear. But crypto carts are known for price growth. A former bitcoin mania hit the fever height in 2017. Bitcoin increased from just a few hundred dollars in January 2017 to over $ 20,000. But it came down again. BItcoins value was still around the $ 3,000 brand four months ago.
Experts say a weakening US dollar and fresh discussions on the regulation of digital currencies are contributing to the recent increase in demand.
Libra can damage bitcoins value if it becomes the preferred choice for digital currency users. But the company's priority in the crypto-course industry also renewed discussions among top economic leaders to regulate the industry, which could help to legitimize alternative currencies in the eyes of consumers.
Jerome Powell, head of the US Federal Reserve and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney both indicated they were open and planned to work closely with Facebook on the Libra rollout.
"It is now top time leaders at the G20 summit caught up on regulating digital currencies," said Green, according to a copy of his comments sent to CNN Business. "Or do they seriously believe that traditional fiat currencies are the way forward?"
Bitcoin and other Cryptos from Ethereum to Dogecoin are not formally supported by financial institutions or governments. Each purchase and sale of bitcoin is instead registered on a decentralized digital store, using a technology called blockchain. Because transactions can be registered anonymously, crytpocurrencies have long been associated with shady web practices, such as buying and selling illegal goods on the dark network.
But supporters from Wall Street to Silicon Valley have claimed that cryptos is the future of money. They say it is more resistant to fraud and theft. Many advocates hope regulation and more involvement from traditional banks can help to win over skeptics and make cryptoverts part of everyday life.