Facebook tests new choice that pushes users to send income on Messenger

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Facebook is contrast a new option designed to prominence a company’s ability to hoop person-to-person payments by a Messenger discuss application. The association reliable it has combined a new choice in a flagship app’s main navigation patrician “Send or Request Money.” The underline will pierce Facebook users into Messenger in sequence to manage payments, or it sends them over to a App Store to download Messenger, if it’s not already installed.

Messenger’s support of peer-to-peer payments is usually accessible in a U.S. for a time being, so a new “Send or Request Money” underline is usually being shown to U.S. Facebook users, we understand. The exam began dual weeks ago.

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You might remember that Facebook introduced peer-to-peer payments in Messenger early final year. The pierce positioned a network to contest with browbeat remuneration apps like Venmo or PayPal, for example. The choice works by permitting users to bond their remuneration label (e.g. Visa or MasterCard) to Facebook, afterwards daub a symbol in Messenger to send their friends income but fees.

However, in a stream chronicle of a Messenger application, a payments choice is tucked divided underneath a menu of “more” options, as a categorical discuss interface is already full of facilities that let users do things like supplement stickers, photos, GIFs or voice messages to their conversations.

That means many Messenger users substantially don’t comprehend there’s an option to send income around a app. Facebook needs to change that. That’s because it’s leveraging a energy of a categorical focus to prominence its payments service. The association has also some-more recently used a navigation to send users to other areas it wants to expand, including Moments, Events, Groups, Shops, On This Day, and Moves among other things.

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Peer-to-peer payments is only meant to be Facebook’s initial step into a broader payments market. But a association has pronounced it doesn’t wish to be in a payments business itself — instead, it’s going for reach. In an talk final fall with Wired, David Marcus, a former PayPal boss who now heads Messenger, remarkable that Facebook wants to eventually capacitate transaction-free payments for businesses, then make income when businesses compensate to be featured or promoted.

But before consumers are transacting with their favorite e-commerce services around Facebook and Messenger, they need to bond their remuneration cards to Facebook… and a initial step is meaningful that a Messenger-based payments use even exists.