Apr 12, 2017

Facebook adds group payments option to Messenger

BYPankaj Mishra

Facebook has rolled out a group payments feature within its Messenger app, allowing users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members.
According to a report in Tech Crunch on Tuesday, users can also request payments from the group within their chat.
Users can enter the amount they want to request from each person or the total amount to be divided evenly by the group members. They can also mention in a note what the money is for.
“A message will appear in the group chat to show who has paid. Those details are available by viewing the Request Details in full-screen, too,” the report noted.
This is a free service and does not require a password. Available on Android and desktop as of now, the group payments went live in the US on Tuesday.
“Payments is an area of Facebook’s business that hasn’t received as much focus over the years, despite the social network’s potential to collect and store payment data for its sizeable user base,” the report stated.
Facebook had introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015. The decision to expand the feature to group payments coincides with rumours that Facebook is preparing the launch of a digital payments business in India within its other messaging app, WhatsApp.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.