Facebook announced two important updates to the ability to send money via its Messenger applications, which it introduced in March, and it also extended the feature to the New York metropolitan area.
The updates are aimed at easing the process of transferring funds between friends, and a spokesperson for the social network described them as follows:
Now in your Messenger conversations, dollar amounts are automatically hyperlinked and, when tapped, will start a payment for that amount to the person you’re messaging. The sender can then confirm the payment before sending. This is similar to how addresses, phone numbers or website URLs are automatically hyperlinked in Messenger.
If people are engaged in a group conversation, they can now pay friends individually within the group on desktop without having to leave the group conversation. People in the group conversation will be able to see who paid whom and for how much.
Facebook also continued its phased rollout of payments via Messenger, extending it to New York and its surrounding metropolitan areas.
Readers: What do you think of the updates to payments via Messenger?