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March 29, 2016

Facebook Reportedly Working on In-Store Payment Tool

Facebook Messenger is reportedly gearing up to launch some cool new features such as the ability to make purchases as well as some new chat options.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger

The Information has discovered comments in the code of the iOS Messenger app that suggest the social networking firm is hard at work on implementing a way for users to make in-store purchases through the app.

This means that Facebook Messenger could become a tool similar to Apple Pay, enabling people to use the app via their Smartphones to pay for goods and services in store, effectively eliminating the need to carry around credit and debit cards.

The app code also alluded to a ‘secret conversations’ tool, although there was little there to suggest what that would entail.

Facebook revealed at the beginning of the year it had big plans for Messenger, and these changes would tie in nicely with its plans to offer more customization and innovation to users.

Given that, thus far, the only information available on the possible changes are comments in the app code, there is no way to know when or even if these will be launched.

Facebook, of course, is not talking about it, as is always the case with projects that are still in the works.

Messenger, which now has more than 800 million users, earned the title of the fastest growing app in 2015.

Facebook has credited the app’s skyrocketing popularity to all the new tools and functions it introduced for Messenger users last year such as video calling, the ability to send money to and receive money from friends and new ways to help businesses interact with their followers. The social network is even testing a digital assistant — M — for Messenger.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.