In March this year, Facebook had announced addition of a new payment feature in its Messenger by which users could send and receive money between family and friends in an easy and secure way. Moreover, it is free. The social networking giant has now announced that the “Messenger person-to-person payments” will be available to all the users in the US. They just have to add their debit card and the payment can be made in a few clicks.
When you want to make payment, just click on the dollar icon “$” in the Messenger conversation. Enter the amount you want to pay and click on the “Pay” icon on the top right hand corner. The money is transferred from your account to the recipient’s account within one to three working days depending on the bank.
You can check out the Messenger payment process through the following pictures or the video at the end of this post:
Before making the payment, users have to register with their Mastercard or Visa debit cards. Users receiving the money for the first time will also have to register their debit cards before they can accept the funds.
Facebook assures the users such payments made through the Messenger are secure as all the information is encrypted. Facebook says that they have been handling payments by advertisers and game players since 2007 and processes over 1 million transactions daily.
They say,” We use layers of software and hardware protection that meet the highest industry standards. These payment systems are kept in a secured environment that is separate from other parts of the Facebook network and that receive additional monitoring and control. A team of anti-fraud specialists monitor for suspicious purchase activity to help keep accounts safe.”
Facebook Messenger is now an independent service as even non-Facebook users can sign up for it. Currently, Facebook Messenger has about 700 million users behind only to WhatsApp which has also been acquired by Facebook now. This new money transfer facility through Messenger to family and friends would be a very easy and convenient feature for its users.
The new payment feature in the Messenger is rolling out now in the US across desktop, Android and iOS devices.
Check out the video here:
Messenger P2P PaymentsWe’re happy to announce that Messenger person-to-person payments are now available to everyone in the U.S.! Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient’s checking account. Easy and safe. As always, give it a try it and let us know how we can make even better for you!
Posted by David Marcus on Tuesday, June 30, 2015