Facebook plans to make payment simple through Messenger

Facebook plans to make payment simple through Messenger
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Dining out with friends? Soon enough, you’ll be able to split the bill among the group via Messenger. Facebook recently announced that it is currently testing a new feature called Split Payments, a free and fast way to share the cost of bills and expenses. This means you don’t have to open your calculator to divide the expenses. 

To use this new feature, all you have to do is click the “Get Started” button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. From there, you can split a bill evenly or modify the contribution amount for each individual. You don’t even have to be a contributing party to divide the expenses. After entering a personalized message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, your request will be sent and viewable in your group chat thread.

“If you’ve struggled with dividing up (and getting paid back for) group dinners, shared household expenses or even the monthly rent, it’s about to get easier,” the company said in a blog post about the new feature.

The announcement of Split Payments comes after Facebook added Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments. The codes launched in the U.S. allows anyone to send or request money through Facebook Pay–even if they’re not Facebook friends. The feature can be accessed under the “Facebook Pay” section in Messenger’s settings.

To add to this practical new feature, Facebook also noted that it also recently launched two new “Stranger Things” Soudmojis, which are emoji that play a sound when you send them within Messenger, and a new chat theme. Messenger also recently rolled out a new Taylor Swift Soudmoji to celebrate the release of “Red.”

“The holiday season is a perfect time to connect with friends and family, whether in person or virtually. We hope these new features and creator partnerships will bring you joy as we approach 2022!,” according to the tech giant.

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