06 October 2014

Facebook Messenger Leaks Screenshots Hidden Feature Of Payment Method

Does Facebook Messenger allow Friends to send money transfer to another person? The tech world broke about the leaked screenshots about the hidden feature payment system of Facebook Messenger.
Facebook has not yet commented the issue  but thanks to Andrew Aude, a Stanford computer science student, who hacked screenshots and video which taken by using iOS app exploration developer tool Cycript.

Facebook Messenger Payment Method
Facebook Messenger Payment Method / Pcmag.com
Screenshots can be seen with Aude's twitter: https://twitter.com/andyplace2/status/518503570950209536/photo/1

According to TechCrunch, Facebook Messenger's payment option let users send money to another just like sending photo. When sending money, the user can add a debit card. For security purposes, it adds pincode around the payments.

It is also reported that Facebook is unclear to monetize Messenger to charge up fee for money transfers.

Facebook Messenger Debit Card
MasterCard / TechCrunch
Whether Facebook declined to comment about the issue, David Marcus, who was formerly the President of Paypal, is now the new head of Messenger. It is said that Facebook Messenger payments could compete with Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, and other peer-to-peer money transfer apps.

Not the First to discover
Andrew Aude wasn't the first to discover the payment feature. Last month, a security researcher, Jonahan Zdziarski, first discovered the presence of payment codes.

However, in Andrew Aude version, the Facebook Messenger payment "only" worked with debit cards. Accordingly, debit cards are cheaper to process money transfers and don't require approvals.

Additionally, Aude did not see Paypal as payment option. If Facebook Messenger payments is a success, it could create a whole new reason to choose Facebook’s chat app.

More Information: Hacked Screenshots Show Friend-To-Friend Payments Feature Hidden In Facebook Messenger

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