Facebook Messenger begins incorporating payment tools into chatbot windows, releases beta of new feature to developers
Date: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016, 05:49
Category: Developer, News, Software
Facebook chat moved into the financial sphere today.
The company’s messenger bots can now accept payments natively without sending users to an external website, Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus announced today onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.
The web site uses stored credit card into to instantly make purchases that are part of the new closed beta the developers can apply for. Marcus also revealed that 34,000 devs have joined the platform and built 30,000 bots in the April launch, up from over 10,000 devs in May and 11,000 bots in July.
Marcus added that the company is working with companies like Stripe, PayPal, Braintree, Visa, MasterCard and American Express to widen the number of financial tools available to end users.
Along with the addition of the new capabilities, developers will also now be given more guidance from Facebook on how to build successful Messenger experiences, Marcus noted.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.