September 12, 2016 / 4:46 PM / in a year

Facebook announces payment capabilities for Messenger service

San Francisco (Reuters) - Facebook’s Messenger application, which now boasts a billion users, is introducing new capabilities that will make it possible to pay for goods and services through Messenger or though “bots,” or automated programs, that use the messaging app.

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

David Marcus, VP of messaging products at Facebook, said at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference that the company was working with a number of payment providers including PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Stripe to implement the features.

Reporting by Jonathan Weber

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