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Facebook debuts group payments to messaging app

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Messenger users in the US can now transfer money to groups of people to split the cost of things like bar bills, concert tickets, and gifts, Facebook has announced.

To request payments from others through Facebook’s Messenger app, users simply press the payments icon while within their group chats. Users can then choose which people to request money from (or send money to) and specify the amount.

Users are notified within the app when someone makes a payment to them or to another member of the group. Initially, users must load a credit or debit card number in the app to transfer money.

Facebook doesn’t charge fees to use the group payments feature.