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Facebook Rolls out Group Payments Feature within its Messenger app

This is a free service and does not require a password

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David Marcus, Facebook Vice President of Messaging Products, watches a display showing new features of Messenger during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco.

New York, April 12, 2017: Facebook has rolled out group payments feature within its Messenger app, allowing users to pay either everyone in the group or individual members.

According to a report in Tech Crunch on Tuesday, users can also request payments from the group right within their chat.

Users can enter the amount they want to request from each person or the total amount to be divided evenly by the group members. They can also mention in a note about what the money is for.

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“A message will appear in the group chat to show who has paid. Those details are available by viewing the request details in full-screen, too,” the report noted.

This is a free service and does not require a password. Available on Android and desktop as of now, the group payments is live in the US since Tuesday.

“Payments is an area of Facebook’s business that hasn’t received as much focus over the years, despite the social network’s potential to collect and store payment data for its sizable user base,” the report stated.

Facebook had introduced person-to-person payments within Messenger in early 2015. Now the decision to expand the feature to group payments coincides the time when Facebook is rumoured to be preparing the launch of a digital payments business in India within its other messaging app, WhatsApp. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Working on Feature to Bar Users From Taking Screenshots of Their Private Conversations

Details about the roll-out of the feature remains unknown

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device.

Facebook-owned instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing an ‘Authentication’ feature which would bar users from taking screenshots of their private conversations.

The new feature comes as part of a plethora of security changes that the app has been working on and introducing, keeping in line with the app’s commitment to user-privacy, web portal Independent reported on Tuesday.

The screenshot-blocking feature would be made available to users whenever WhatsApp plans to release the ‘Authentication’ feature, which is currently under development.

Before accessing into the app, the ‘Authentication’ feature would ask users to confirm their identities via their fingerprints, WABetaInfo reported.

On enabling the feature, even after confirming their identities, users would not be able to take a screenshot of their chats.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

“Fingerprint Security: When enabled, fingerprint is required to open WhatsApp and conversation screenshots are blocked. You can still reply to messages from notifications and answer calls if WhatsApp is locked,” a screenshot of the beta version of the ‘Authentication’ feature reads.

Information surfacing about this upcoming feature has left users in a state of confusion.

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“I don’t get it. What’s the point. How’s this useful. You’ve authenticated fingerprint security, that means your chat is secured. Why blocking screenshot, after all its your own chat, its your own WhatsApp, you should be able to do what you want,” a user replied on WABeta’s tweet informing users about the feature.

Details about the roll-out of the feature remains unknown. (IANS)