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08 November 2017, 12:37 | Shelley Chandler
Facebook Messenger beats Apple and WhatsApp with this clever new payment feature
Whether you're sending someone money for your share of the check, or you're splitting a group gift, payments in Messenger is super convenient. To use the feature, one must register their banking and card details with Facebook Messenger.
The U.K.is the next market to have the service, after Facebook first launched the payments feature in the U.S.in 2015.
What is this glorious new feature we hear you say?
It's a new feature launched by FacebookMessenger that allows you to send and receive money through in-app conversations in the UK. This was not an issue when the service launched exclusively in the U.S.in 2015, but it could be a major pain point in Europe, where borders are less of an obstacle to social connections.
David Marcus is the head of Messenger at Facebook and a senior executive there.
Facebook is bringing peer-to-peer (P2P) payments to the United Kingdom through Messenger, enabling people to send cash to their friends and family through the messaging app.
To send money, open a chat with your friend, tap the blue + icon and select the green Payments icon.
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