Facebook has confirmed testing of a new feature that allows users to send or request money through scanning of QR codes or payment links, according to TechCrunch.

  • A Facebook spokesperson said the company started testing the feature to make payments on Messenger easier. Only U.S. users are able to access this at present.
  • The feature introduces a QR code for each user and a personalized payment URL that can be sent to others for transactions, allowing users to publish their payment address outside Facebook itself.
  • Sending and receiving money in Messenger is restricted to users at least 18 years old with a linked financial account having the dollar as set as the preferred currency.
  • Accepted cards include the Visa or Mastercard debit card, one of the supported prepaid cards or government-issued cards, or a PayPal account in order to use the payments feature.
  • Facebook Pay currently powers the payments experience across Facebook’s Marketplace, Shop, Buy on Instagram, and other activities such as buying stars, tickets to live events, and making donations to causes