A video of European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde has been making the rounds on social media, with many believing it to be real. In the video, Lagarde appears to be admitting that a digital euro will be used to control payments in a limited manner. However, it has since been revealed that the video was a fake.
The video was initially shared by the breaking news account Watcher Guru on April 6, and it generated a significant amount of social media chatter. In the video, Lagarde is heard saying that she does not want to rely on an “unfriendly countries currency” or a currency provided by a “private corporate entity like Facebook or like Google.” She goes on to say that she is “personally convinced that we have to move ahead” with the digital euro.
It has since been revealed that the video was taken from a prank video created by a group of individuals who have had similar conversations with other public figures. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and former United States President George W. Bush have also fallen victim to similar hoaxes.
The ECB has not yet announced any concrete plans for the development or implementation of a digital euro. However, the idea of a central bank digital currency has been gaining traction in recent years, with many countries exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of such a system.
A digital euro could potentially provide a number of benefits, including increased financial inclusion, lower transaction costs, and greater security and privacy. However, there are also concerns about the potential risks and challenges associated with such a system, including the possibility of cyber attacks and the need to balance privacy concerns with the need for transparency and accountability.
In light of the recent hoax video, it is important to exercise caution when consuming news and information online. Misinformation and fake news can spread quickly, and it is important to verify the authenticity of sources and information before sharing or acting on it. The ECB has not made any official announcements regarding the use of a digital euro, and any news or rumors should be taken with a grain of salt until confirmed by credible sources.