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Facebook Messenger’s payment feature not coming to India, at least for now

Facebook was said to be working on a new peer-to-peer payment service for Indian users through Messenger application.

By: INDO ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
| Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 22:33 IST
Facebook not yet ready with digital payments on Messenger in India
Facebook not yet ready with digital payments on Messenger in India (AP)

Facebook has no plans as of now to bring digital payment facility to its Messenger application in India.

"There are currently no tests planned for recharges or peer-to-peer payments on Messenger in India," said a Facebook spokesperson.

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FactorDaily had reported that Facebook has begun a beta version of recharge payments for mobile phone and other prepaid services on Messenger.

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"Mobile recharge option is a Facebook 'Marketplace' offering -- which is actually going on as a pilot test which is right now available to only Android users in some regions," the sources added.

Launched in 2016, Marketplace is a user-to-user exchange platform for buying and selling goods with others within the community.

Currently, the peer-to-peer payment service on Messenger is available for its users in the US and the UK.

More than 1.3 billion people around the world are now using Facebook Messenger every month. The growth of Messenger now puts the app at par with Facebook-owned WhatsApp which also has over 1.3 billion monthly active users (MAUs).

WhatsApp, however, has rolled out the testing phase of its digital payment feature in India -- a first such move globally -- which will be officially rolled out to its over 200 million Indian users in the days to come.

When launched, the new payments feature is set to give a tough competition to Paytm and other digital payment services like Google Tez. The payments feature would take advantage of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) and include support by a number of banks, including the State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Axis Bank.

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First Published Date: 19 Apr, 18:25 IST
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