On Messenger you can pay by exchanging QR codes

On Messenger you can pay by exchanging QR codes

Facebook simplifies payments on Messenger by introducing Qr codes on the Venmo model. The feature is already available in the US

(photo: Hakan Nural / Anadolu Agency) Facebook is simplifying transactions through its payment system, Facebook Pay, within the Messenger messaging app. Messenger users will now be able to exchange QR codes on the model of those of Venmo - another widely used payment app - to quickly exchange money. Mark Zuckerberg's company announced this in recent days in a post on its blog.

A great novelty, in addition to the introduction of codes, is the possibility to send or request money even to those who are not ours friend on Facebook. Users can access the feature in the Facebook Pay section in Messenger settings. Each user will have a personalized QR code with the profile icon in the center and, underneath, there will be the personal Facebook Pay url. This link can also be copied and sent to other users. A preferred payment method can be selected and the section can be pin-protected.

Facebook said the great advantage of the new system is that no additional software or third-party payment apps are required to complete a transaction . Furthermore, there is no need to add new contacts to make payments. One of the major simplifications for users will be that transactions initiated on the Facebook Marketplace can be concluded directly within the app. However, users must be 18 years old and in possession of a Visa or Mastercard debit card. Alternatively, they may have an active PayPal account, a linked prepaid card.

This novelty is now available for American users, but it is expected that it will arrive soon as well. Facebook Pay was launched at the end of 2019 but, despite having gathered a good number of users, it is often preferred an app like Venmo, owned by PayPal, which has already introduced transactions via QR codes.

Facebook had already launched Novi, a cryptocurrency wallet, in late May in an attempt to expand its financial products and services.

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