Facebook has now rolled out the group payments feature within its Messenger app and thus allowing its users to pay either everyone in the group or for the individual members. It is available on Android and desktop as of now, and the group payments have been live in the US since Tuesday. However, there is no other word on when it would be released for the iOS. More recently, Facebook had introduced Reactions and a Thumbs Down Emoji to its Messenger service.
Users can also request the payments from the group right from the chat, revealed Facebook in a blog post. Users could enter the amount they want to ask for each person or the total amount to be divided evenly among the group members. They could also mention in a note about what the money is for.
Explaining on how to use the feature, Facebook has said as quoted “Simply tap on the plus sign in the bottom left-hand corner of the group conversation to find more features, and then tap the payments icon ($). Then, decide to whom to send or request money from. You could choose everyone in the group or only a few members. Enter the amount you wanted to request per person or the total sum to divide evenly, either including yourself in the calculation or not. Lastly, you could specify what the money is for maybe a pizza party, teacher gift or more. Once you are ready, tap the Request option.”
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“To make it super simple and to keep track of everything, a message would appear in the group conversation showing who has paid. At any time, you could also view the Request Details in full-screen.” A free service, group payments in Facebook Messenger, does not require users to remember their debit card information and the company says it is stored securely.
Facebook had introduced the person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015. Now the decision in expanding the feature to group payments coincides the time when Facebook is rumored to be preparing the launch of a digital payments business in India within its other messaging app, like WhatsApp. Facebook Inc has added tools and made it easier for the users to report revenge porn which automatically prevents the pictures from being shared again once that have been banned.