Facebook files patent application for payment services via messages

Digital Payment

Latest News – In what could be a step towards offering its digital payment services in the country, online social networking giant Facebook Inc has filed a patent application with the Indian Patent Office for its invention on sending and receiving payments using a message system. Facebook offers payment services through its online chat application Messenger in some countries, and also owns another major online chat app, WhatsApp which has millions of users in India.

The company has claimed that the invention relates to systems methods and devices that provide a transactional payment system, which allows users to send and receive electronic payments to and from other users of the messaging system.

A detailed description on the invention says that a messaging application on a client device can receive payment information input — such as amount and transaction method — from a sender for making a payment to a recipient.

The transactional payment system can provide interactive status messages to allow both the sending and the receiving users to interact with and monitor a payment process within a message thread of a messaging application. The system will allow the users to send and receive payments without going to a seperate application, then need not purchase or download another application, which may result in a larger and quicker adoption rate of sending payments via a transactional payment system, which in turn creates a large network of users available to send and receive payments using a single platform.

Besides, the graphic interface would allow the recipient to accept or deny the payment. It could also facilitate payments for more than two users and payment in groups, where the amount to be received by the individual members could be defined. The system could also be used in business transactions, between business entities and invidividuals or between businesses.

Facebook is currently offering its payment service through its online chat application Messenger, which it carved out from the social networking site as a seperate application, in countries like US, where the user can send or recieve money through the application after adding a debit card from any of the banks in the country to the Mesenger (Read More)

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