MIT researchers accuse Facebook of plagiarizing the results of Libra's design

According to Coindesk, MIT researchers Alex Lipton, Thomas Hardjono, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland published a paper in the open science publication of the Royal Society in July 2018, in which researchers described A super-sovereign digital token supported by assets. This design is strikingly similar to Facebook's cryptocurrency project Libra. Researcher Alex Lipton told the media: "I can tell you that Libra's actual structure almost completely copied the papers I published with Sandy and Thomas last year." Facebook declined to comment.