Facebook Messenger payments roll out for the UK

This apparently due to the fact that United Kingdom banks decided against a centralised Paym app, with users of the technology required to log into the apps of their own respective banks to use the service.

Facebook appears keen to highlight the security credentials of its P2P payment system, noting that debit card details will be encrypted and protected with bank level security.

The ability to send money to contacts has existed in the USA since 2015, but this marks the first time the feature is being launched outside of the US.

A Facebook spokesperson didn't share details with Recode but also didn't deny the existence of the mobile payment test, which was first discovered on November 3 by The Next Web's Matt Navarra.

M is a virtual assistant in Messenger, powered by artificial intelligence, and will recognise when you and a friend are discussing payments and gives an option to easily receive or send money.

Marketplace has helped propel Facebook's stature as a last-click social commerce site, with almost 48% of social media users in the US reporting they made their most recent purchase from Facebook, according to a recent Open Influence study, putting the platform ahead of Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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David Marcus is the head of Messenger at Facebook and a senior executive there.

Once you've done this, tap Pay and add your debit card.

Before this change was introduced you could only send £250 ($328) at a time to friends in the same country as you, but Facebook hopes that people can eventually use the feature to pay businesses too. People will need to sign up with their debit cards to send or receive money.

Payments in Messenger are fast, free and secure.

Payments take between one and three working days to clear into someone's account, depending on their bank account provider.

Other firms in the USA market include Square, which lets users swap money via its "Cash" app, and Paypal, which acquired payment service Venmo.


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