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Facebook announces payment services through Messenger

While the code for the payments feature was first discovered in October, today is the day that Facebook decided to turn the switch on the service. People who want to send money in the Messenger app simply start a chat with the designated person, then press the "$" icon and type in the amount of money they want to send. Finally, the user taps the "Pay" selection, adds a debit card and sends the money. To receive funds, the user just taps "Add Card" in a message to add their debit card to get their money.

Facebook says:

The first time you send or receive money in Messenger, you'll need to add a Visa or MasterCard debit card issued by a US bank to your account. Once you add a debit card, you can create a PIN to provide additional security the next time you send money. On iOS devices you can also enable Touch ID. As always, you can add another layer of authentication to your account at any time.

The company added that it was taking security seriously with this new payment feature in Messenger. It said:

We use secure systems that encrypt the connection between you and Facebook as well as your card information when you ask us to store it for you. 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.

The new payments feature is just for US users of Facebook Messenger and will be rolled out in the coming months.

Source: Facebook

  • Facebook is becoming even more dangerous :/ Posted via my mighty Nexus 4 and soon the Almighty HTC One M9
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • i got only 1 advise for you all - avoid using this payment service from facebook or try this at your own risk and fret , whine later
  • Lol so true! Posted via my mighty Nexus 4 and soon the Almighty HTC One M9
  • I distrust all technology and that's why I pay all my bills by driving to their office and paying in cash. I have long days. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow... via the beastly note 4
  • Yeah, no thanks...
  • In the words of Hank Hill "No got dang way!"
  • Facebook Bank
  • This is for suckers. I prefer to do all of my financial transactions through a trusted, secure service like Snapchat.
  • Hahahaha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Winning, lol Posted via Android Central App
  • I won't trust Facebook for payments. I doubt anything will be private. They can't even make a decent app and have no care what we think. FB=the next myspace.
  • What a crazy joke. I have Google wallet and PayPal, That's enough. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just as bad as Snapchat haha and their money service. Not secure at all. Posted via the Android Central App using Chickens
  • NO!!! Facebook wiil NOT be allowed anywhere near my money! NO! NO! NOOOO!
  • ... Why? Posted on my Sexy Note 4
  • From Facebook? Not doing it. Accidentally leave yourself logged in somewhere? GG your bank balance. Posted on my OnePlus One
  • You can set a required PIN to send, so that takes care of the issue. No different than leaving your Debit Card at a bar... which we do ALL the time, myself included.
  • Me using this is as likely as spontaneously growing wings. Sorry but if I use anything to pay with it will be a BlackBerry and a bank app with nfc. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Welp there's another way I can ask my mom for some money Posted via the Android Central App
  • Anyone know the version number for this rollout? Posted via Android Central App
  • The amount of people who are instantly distrustful of this is absurdly unsurprising. Posted from my Motorola Moto G.
  • Take my money now... Posted via my htc One M8