Past in this year Facebook added support for group payments which made transactions using Messenger more comfortable and convenient.
Today's news continues the progression of payments on Facebook Messenger, a chat app with 1.3 billion monthly active users.
Starting Friday, Messenger users in the US who log in with their PayPal accounts can use the popular messaging platform to send and request money to one another.
PayPal and Facebook's partnership for peer-to-peer payments comes ahead of the release of Apple Pay Cash, Apple's competitor to the likes of PayPal and Square Cash. "Whether it's splitting a bill for a cab ride or a night out, paying for your share of the rent, or making sure you get paid back for Mom's birthday present, PayPal makes exchanging money between friends and family simple".
A PayPal account can now be set at the default funding source for all peer-to-peer payments. People will have the option to send and request money using their PayPal account, and this integration in Messenger is starting to roll out to USA consumers today.
For now, PayPal integration with Facebook Messenger is available in the U.S., but there are plans to expand it around the world.
Besides the person-person payment feature, PayPal also announced the launch of a customer service bot for Messenger.
Furthermore, PayPal is introducing a customer service bot for Messenger.
Additionally, PayPal customers can now use a customer service chat bot in Messenger allowing them to reset passwords, handle account inquiries and helping with payment issues in the app.
Apple Pay Cash is expected to launch sometime this year, likely before the end of this month. This is just an alternative to the existing payments feature which was existing inside messenger for a couple of years. With person-to-person transfer feature, this number will grow. The Message app will detect when someone tells the user money is owed in a conversation.