Facebook's plan to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram might be tougher than it looks
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton called Facebook's efforts a "very tall order."Like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages would be end-to-end encrypted, meaning messages can't be viewed by anyone outside the sender and recipient. The plan might be harder for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team to pull off than it appears.
Facebook already lets you send money to your friends and family through but the company is planning to make it easier to keep track of payments across all of its apps including photo app Instagram and messaging app .
On Tuesday, the company unveiled a new payment service calledthat will roll out first on Facebook and Messsenger first before working on Instagram and WhatsApp. users will be able to see their payment history across all of those apps in one place, according to its website.
Facebook Pay is a new payment system for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook
Facebook Pay arrives just weeks after payment companies dropped out of LibraFacebook is planning to start rolling out Facebook Pay on Messenger and Facebook in the US this week. It will initially be available for fundraisers, person-to-person payments, event tickets, in-game purchases, and some purchases from pages and businesses that operate on Facebook’s Marketplace. “Over time, we plan to bring Facebook Pay to more people and places, including for use across Instagram and WhatsApp,” explains Deborah Liu, Facebook’s vice president of marketplace and commerce.
"People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other. Facebook Pay will make these transactions easier while continuing to ensure your payment information is secure and protected," said Deborah Liu, vice president of marketplace and commerce in a.
Uniting payments on Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram under Facebook Pay highlights how the social media giant is trying to tie all the companies it owns closer together even as it faces calls to be broken up. Facebook is also working on a way for users on to send messages to one another without switching apps. Last week, Facebook introduced a new that makes it more obvious the social network owns Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook messaging apps getting unified payment system
Facebook on Tuesday said it is consolidating the system that handles payments at the social network and in its family of messaging apps. Transactions such as payments or donations at Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp or the main social network will eventually be handled by a unified Facebook Pay system, according to marketplace and commerce vice president Deborah Liu. "People already use payments across our apps to shop, donate to causes and send money to each other," Liu said in an online post."Facebook Pay will make these transactions easier while continuing to ensure your payment information is secure and protected.
Facebook efforts to expand payments and commerce on the social network comes as it faces criticism for not doing enough to safeguard the privacy of its nearly 2.5 billion users. It's also planning to launch a cryptocurrency called next year with partners and is building a wallet to store the digital currency.
Taking on payment apps like Venmo and Apple Pay, the social media giant said it's rolling out Facebook Pay on Facebook and Messenger this week in the US. To access Facebook Pay, users go to settings and click on Facebook Pay. On Messenger, Facebook Pay users will be able to send payments to other people, purchase games, buy event tickets and donate to fundraisers. You'll also be able to use Facebook Pay to make payments from select payments and businesses on Marketplace where users can buy and sell items. You can already do this now, but payments will be under a new service called Facebook Pay.
Facebook said it plans to expand Facebook Pay to Instagram and WhatsApp, but didn't specify when this would happen. The social network didn't immediately respond to questions about Facebook Pay.
Messenger signups without a Facebook account are no longer possible .
You'll no longer be able to sign up for Messenger if you don't have a Facebook account. Back in 2015, the social network started allowing potential users to sign up for its messaging app using only their phone numbers. Now, an entry in the website's Help Center clearly states that "you'll need to create a Facebook account to use Messenger." The company has also confirmed the change to VentureBeat, telling the publication that "the vast majorityThe spokesperson also said that the new rule applies to those "new to Messenger," and that those already using the app without an account don't need to do anything.