Facebook announced in March that it would begin letting people send money to each other through Messenger.
About a month ago, it launched the feature in New York City and surrounding metro areas as part of a slow roll out across the country. On Tuesday, the company revealed that it's now available to everyone in the United States.
Facebook's David Marcus said on Facebook, "We're happy to announce that Messenger person-to-person payments are now available to everyone in the U.S.! Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient's checking account. Easy and safe. As always, give it a try it and let us know how we can make even better for you!"
Last week, Facebook announced that Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account to log in. That, in addition to recently announced business and platform features, indicate that Facebook's plans for Messenger span far beyond the simple chat feature of Facebook that it once was. You can even use Messenger on the web as a standalone service now.
It remains to be seen how popular the payment feature will become, but just as it has become a go-to platform for messaging for many people, it's not hard to imagine that many of of these same people will turn to it when they want to send money to a friend or acquaintance.
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