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October 6, 2014

Facebook Expected to Launch Messenger Payments

App Discovered But Has Not Yet Been Activated

Friend-to-friend payments appear to be coming Facebook.

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Photo Credit: 401(K) 2012 via flickr

Leaked images, reports Tech Crunch, shows the new feature is actually set-up and ready to go but has not yet been activated by Facebook. The images, it was explained, were taken using iOS app exploration developer tool Cycript.

The discovery shows Facebook friends, through messenger, could send payments in a similar manner to sending a photo. Facebook would require a users’ debit card information — some users have already shared that information for some of the pay features — and then a pincode would be needed to ensure secure transactions.

Andrew Aude, a Stanford student, made the discovery and spoke to Gizmodo about the messenger feature.

“I first found it a month ago with Jonathan Zdziarski’s security research into Facebook Messenger,” Aude the site.

The student dug in to it after seeing a screenshot from Zdziarski hinting at mobile payments. Not only is the app there, it’s apparently ready to go and simply needs Facebook to launch it.

It seems a pretty reasonable move with Facebook bringing ex-PayPal executive David Marcus into its fold and getting him to head up Messenger.

While Facebook has yet to officially acknowledge the feature and has made no public statement, Aude said he believes it is likely to launch in the United States sometime over the next few months before making it a global feature.

It would make even more sense to see the payment feature added as Christmas nears.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.