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Facebook adds group payments feature to Messenger

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Social media giant Facebook has introduced group payments feature within its Messenger app, allowing users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members.

According to a report by Tech Crunch, users can also request payments from the group right within their chat, reported The Hindu.

Users can enter the amount they want to request from each person or the total amount to be divided evenly by the group members. They can also mention in a note about what the money is for.

“A message will appear in the group chat to show who has paid. Those details are available by viewing the Request Details in full-screen, too,” said Tech Crunch.

This service is free and it does not require any password and it available on Android and desktop. As of now, the group payments is live in the United States.

“Payments is an area of Facebook’s business that hasn’t received as much focus over the years, despite the social network’s potential to collect and store payment data for its sizable user base,” the report stated.

Facebook had introduced person—to—person payments within Messenger in early 2015. Now the decision to expand the feature to group payments coincides the time when Facebook is rumoured to be preparing the launch of a digital payments business in India within its other messaging app, WhatsApp.

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