Facebook pulls the plug on P2P Messenger service in U.K., France

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Facebook has informed users of its P2P Messenger money transfer option in the U.K. and France that the service will no longer be available as of June 15.

The pullback of a P2P payment method in those European companies apparently is not affecting Facebook's service in the U.S., where it will remain operational, according to TechCrunch.

The report indicated that Facebook will still allow charitable donations throughout Europe through the standard Facebook platform.

The social network informed European users in those countries through a short statement on its main help page for the payments service and through company Twitter accounts.

Facebook's Messenger instant payments service launched in 2015, but wasn't available to users outside of the United States until November 2017. In the U.K., Facebook had announced it was using a TransferWise bot to initiate its Messenger money transfers.

It was not clear from any information Facebook provided as to why the service in those countries would no longer be available. The move is contrary to a general trend toward adding payment capabilities to social media platforms, in light of success stories such as Tencent's WeChat platform in China which draws a billion customers to WeChat Pay mobile payments.

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