Facebook today announced that it has added integration for PayPal person to person (P2P) payments in the Facebook Messenger app. However, this feature is currently, only available to Messenger users based in the United States. Last year Facebook Messenger had announced that it would allow its users to make payments to merchants directly with the help of chatbots, this service was started in partnership with PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, Stripe, and more. This feature has made over 2.5 million users connect their accounts with the Messenger application.
“We’re excited today to announce an expansion of our relationship with Facebook with the addition of PayPal as a funding source for peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, right in Messenger,”
PayPal said in a blog post.
This new feature of P2P integration will help over 1.3 billion monthly users of the Messenger app send and receive money from friends and family without leaving the app.
To utilise this feature the Facebook Messenger users will first have to tap the blue plus icon on the app after which they will get an option named payments which when selected will allow the users to send/request money to/from friends and families. They will then be needed to select PayPal as their funding source.
Additionally, PayPal has also introduced a customer service chat bot for Messenger which will allow its customers to interact with the company. The company is saying that the bot will help with the refunds and payment related enquires.