Facebook recently announced it is conducting an experiment with a free new peer-to-peer payment option for Messenger in the US…
Facebook is again testing a payment feature in its Messenger product. This time, it’s exclusive to the US but it doesn’t cost anything to use and the social network says it’s quick and easy. Called “Split Payments,” the tool is intended to divvy up bills at restaurants and other establishments between family and friends. Of course, it requires linking to a personal payment source, such as a bank, debit or credit card.
New Facebook Messenger Split Payments Feature Test begins in the US
Facebook first launched a payment tool back in 2019, aptly named Facebook Pay. It served as a way to establish a payment system that extends across the company’s apps. And, not just to handle person-to-person payments, but for other things like donations and e-commerce. With the new option, people can enter a personalized message, modify contribution amounts among individuals in group chats, and more.
“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. Next week for Messenger fans in the US, we’re starting to test Split Payments, a free and fast way to share the cost of bills and expenses. To use Split Payments, 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 — with or without yourself included.”