Mobile payments arrive on Facebook Messenger in the UK

Facebook makes fintech move with UK launch of p2p payments via Messenger feature

Facebook makes fintech move with UK launch of p2p payments via Messenger feature

To send money through the free new feature, users press the blue plus symbol within a chat and select the payment option. We've also added an animation of falling Euros and British Pounds, depending on the country, just for a touch of fun.

In March 2015, Facebook announced its P2P payments system was going live on Messenger for users in North America, in an effort to tap into the payments market by integrating the functionality into the pre-existing Messenger App. Some recent Messenger research has shown it's not just the transactional act of paying someone back, it's the emotional importance of doing so. Messenger heard that people often want better ways to express themselves when sending money - for example adding accompanying text, emoticons, pictures and GIFs. The company has over 2 billion active users, and 1.2 billion use its Messenger platform, dwarfing even the 900 million users of the massively successful WeChat platform in SE Asia.

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"'With P2P [peer-to-peer] payments, this paves the path to us enabling small and large businesses to accept payments inside of Messenger", said David Marcus, who leads Facebook's Messenger team. In order to send money, both the sender and recipient have to register their payment cards with the service.

Are you excited by being able to make payments via Facebook Messenger? It will roll out in the United Kingdom over the coming weeks. In February, global money transfer service TransferWisebuilt a "bot" for Messenger, letting its users send money to each other through the platform. With these existing and entrenched habits for payment already in place, Messenger may have some difficulty in gaining traction.

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A limit of £10,000 worth of transfers every 30 days will be established for the service to prevent fraud although experience from the U.S., where the system has been in place since 2015, suggests the majority will use it to transfer sums of £38 or less.

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