Facebook makes it easier send money in Messenger. The app now supports QR codes similar to Venmo and personalized links for person-to-person payments with Facebook Pay. With the update, users can access their QR code and links in Messenger settings to be able to request a payment. Facebook notes that the features work even if you’re not already a Facebook friend, which should make it easier to send or request payments to strangers.
This may not seem like the biggest use case, but it could be particularly useful for those who buy and sell on Facebook Marketplace, where transactions often begin on Messenger. Now, instead of turning to Venmo or another third-party app to finalize the payment, buyers and sellers may have more incentives to use Facebook Pay instead. The feature is only available in the United States for now, but the company said additional updates will be “soon.”
Messenger has showcased a couple of other new features, including a new “quick reply” bar to reply to photos and videos, and new chat themes to customize inboxes.
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