Facebook has taken its Messenger person-to-person payments feature one step further by introducing payments to group chats. The functionality enables users to send or receive money between groups of people on Messenger – rather than individually.
Users can use this feature by tapping on the plus sign at the bottom left hand corner of a group conversation, and then tapping on the ‘$’ icon. They then choose who they want to send money to or request money from, and enter the amount they are sending or requesting. The feature also enables the user to specify what the money is for in the chat. To track payments, a message appears in the group showing who has paid.
“It’s free, simple, fast and secure. Whether you’re splitting a restaurant bill or chipping in for a group gift, all you need to do is go to a new or existing Messenger group conversation to get started,” said Partha Sundaram, product manager for consumer payments at Facebook, in a post.
For the time being, the feature is only rolling out in the US for Android and desktop.