How to use it is quite easy, users need to click the “Get started” button in the group chat or Messenger payments tab.
Then, you can split the bill evenly or change the contribution amount for each individual in the group chat, either with or without the user himself. Facebook will ask the user to confirm Facebook Pay details and the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.
“If users have to pay for dinner, shared household expenses or monthly rent, it gets easier,” the company said in a blog post.
The launch of the split payments feature came as Messenger added QR codes such as Venmo for person-to-person payments last summer.
The code was launched in the US and allows anyone to send or request money via Facebook Pay even if they are not Facebook friends. This feature is accessible under the payments section of Messenger settings.
Facebook Pay launched in November 2019 as a way to build a payment system that extends across enterprise apps, not just for person-to-person payments, but for other things like donations and e-commerce.
Split payments were introduced alongside news that Messenger is rolling out new voicemail recording controls so users can pause, preview, delete, or resume voicemail recordings before sending them.
Meta also increases the duration of voice messages from one minute to 30 minutes.