Users will no longer be able to make payments through Messenger in the United Kingdom or France from 15 June.
The Messenger Payment system was initially introduced in European countries in November 2017, and it was meant to be used by friends that wish to split bills and other minor payments.
The upcoming changes may represent a costly and time-consuming investment from Facebook, and so if user rates were declining anyway, simply exiting the space - at least, for now - may have been the better business decision. The first time a payment was made, users from both sides of the chat were prompted to add their debit card details and then enter the amount they wanted to send.
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Facebook updated its help page on April 16, 2019, informing France and UK-based users of its peer-2-peer payments system on Messenger that as from June 15, 2019, the service will shut down. The company says it will focus its efforts on experiences that people find more useful and is now informing users who used the feature for the upcoming changes. "Users have been notified in preparation for this change", spokesman explains in an interview.
Although P2P transfers will be disabled, Facebook will continue to support other transactions such as donations to charitable organisations.
The spokesperson would not comment further when asked whether this would impact P2P service in the US, and would not provide any detail on the number of users affected.