Facebook has expanded the power of its person-to-person payments feature within its Messenger chat app by enabling group payments.
Users chatting with a group in Messenger may now pay or request funds from individuals or everyone in the group and keep track of who has paid within the message stream, Facebook announced in a video posted on Facebook on April 11.
By clicking on Payments in Messenger’s recently revised menu, users that have linked a card to the app can request a specific amount and purpose of a payment. Like Facebook’s basic P2P feature introduced in 2015, group payments are free.
"Splitting the bill, concert tickets, a present for a friend, lodging for a trip, or whatever needs to be settled in a group is now easier than ever,” said David Marcus, who heads Messenger for Facebook, said in a post on Facebook.
Payments increasingly are becoming a basic feature on messaging apps worldwide. China’s WeChat messaging app has long supported payments, and Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging app recently prepped to launch payments in India.