Back in 2015, Facebook Messenger introduced person-to-person payments. However, understanding the increasing importance of e-transactions, Facebook is now expanding this feature to groups. Users on Android and desktop can send or receive money between groups on Messenger. Essentially, the payments feature works the same way in group chats as in private ones, just that now it allows users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members through a click of the payments icon (the dollar sign). Do note, the feature (both individual or group payments) is not available in India, and Facebook has revealed no estimated time to expect the update either. Also Read - Facebook to now allow more cryptocurrency ads than before; here's whyAlso Read - WhatsApp users on iPhone will soon able to Undo Status, suggests report
For people in the US, this feature sits under the plus icon on the chats, to the left of the Messenger keypad. It works exactly like individual payments, except now, users can send money in group chats, to split the money transferred into the members of that group. Like Facebook suggests, the new feature would be useful for groups where everyone is chipping in on a purchase, like a group gift, or are splitting a restaurant bill. Also Read - Here's how you can lock your Facebook profile via Desktop and Mobile app
In addition to sending payments to other group members, you can request payments from the group right within your chat. To do so, a user just has to enter the amount they want to request per member or the total sum to be divided evenly through the group, either including themselves in that calculation or not, Facebook says. You can also add a note about what the money is for (e.g. pizza party ) then hit Request to send it out to the group conversation. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger gets its own AI-enabled assistant M
To avoid confusion about who paid and who did not, a message will appear in the group conversation showing who has paid. At any time, a user can view the Request Details in full-screen. Considering the aggressive digitizing drive in the country, we could not help but wonder why Facebook hasn t introduced this two-year-old feature in India yet. BGR India has reached out to the company to know the answers to the same.
While the availability of Messenger Payments is still a question mark, Facebook-owned WhatsApp may be a step ahead at that. According to a recent report, WhatsApp is looking to hire a head of digital transactions specializing in UPI and Aadhaar payments. The hiring is an unmissable hint at a payments-enabled WhatsApp messaging service. RELATED: WhatsApp to enable digital payments in India: After Truecaller, WhatsApp UPI integration on the cards