Facebook introduces group payments within Messenger

Facebook has unveiled a new payments feature for Messenger

Facebook introduces group payments within Messenger

Facebook has unveiled a new payments feature for Messenger, which will enable users to send and receive money between groups of people on the app.

In a blog post on 11 April 2017, Facebook product manager Partha Sundaram wrote: “Starting today, you can send or receive money between groups of people on Messenger.

“It’s free, simple, fast and secure. Whether you’re splitting a restaurant bill or chipping in for a group gift, all you need to do is go to a new or existing Messenger group conversation to get started.”

To make a group payment, users have to go to a new or existing Messenger group conversation, tap on the plus sign in the bottom left corner to find more features, and tap the payments icon ($). Then they have to choose who to send or request money from. They can select a single member of the group or everyone in the group.

For now, the social networking giant is launching the feature for Android and Desktop users in the US.

The move to add group payments to Messenger also comes at a time when its instant messaging app WhatsApp is preparing to launch digital payment service in India.

Facebook introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015.