MASABLE: Facebook Messenger has finally rolled out its payments feature across the entire U.S. so that any stateside user can pay friends right inside the app, if they like. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, quietly announced the news via Facebook post on Tuesday, describing the payments feature as “easy and safe.”
Facebook users can only add their debit card information for now, a decision the company said was made to minimize fraud and avoid fees. (Existing peer-to-peer payments app Venmo lets users add credit cards, but there’s a small catch: a 3% fee on each transaction.)
The Messenger team has taken its time with payments since the long-awaited feature was announced in March, gradually rolling it out across the country to a handful of cities first before going nationwide — a cautious approach likely done to avoid potential security issues. Along the way, the Messenger team also beefed up payments with features like the ability to pay inside group chats.
While Marcus has previously said the Messenger team has no plans of making Messenger a deep, multi-faceted platform to rival mature payments businesses like PayPal — the company he previously ran — the move into mobile payments makes a lot of sense given that space is poised to nearly triple in volume from $52 billion in 2014 to $142 billion in 2019, according to Forrester Research.
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