Facebook-ers of the world, get united in business and do your thing in the small chat box that enables you to exchange currency with friends. According to an official press release, the social media giant tries to break the markets with a new upgrade. The Facebook payment feature allows for money transfer on chat threads, part of their rule-the-world initiative that aims to get people stuck to their computer screens, over socializing and exchanging futile information and sums of money with friends.
The payment feature slowly gets out of the technology oven and takes over US, first landing in New York City.
How does it work?
If you are having an entertaining conversation and then things start to get serious money wise, type out a dollar amount and Facebook will instantly turn it into a hyperlink you can click and then be instantly redirected to pay the person the particular amount.
The feature is also available in group chats and on the desktop version of Messenger. You can easily make your payments, transfer money, operate transactions without leaving Facebook. There will remain a tracking history revealing who paid whom and when.
Facebook unveils its powers in front of competitors like Vemno, a service that allows users to make payments directly from the screen of their mobile devices, with a few buttons pressed and a couple of Enters proceeded. However, as Facebook has accustomed us, making payments in their chat box is much easier, as opposed to the Vemno app.
On the other hand, Facebook does rather upsetting things to all of us users from the entire world. Privacy is a matter of perspective it seems, with the new Facebook location tracker that shares your data with everyone you chat. Facebook mobile messenger specifically tells you that your location data is being tracked from the very first moment you install the app but it does that terrifyingly often, namely all the time, and with complete accuracy. With the new Chrome extension, everyone will see where you send messages from, without your consent or knowledge.
The mobile messenger location app pings your location every time you send a text, leveraging GPS data embedded into each messenger message, tracking your location in its most accurate detail.
Facebook payment feature and mobile location data, efficient social and practical services, or privacy abuse?
As cool as it seems to send money over Facebook, this is not a tool for financial transactions, it is a social website and it would be best for all of us if they could say stop already and mind their social business and that only. The Facebook monopoly limits our virtual choices, by putting everything on the table and making us comfortable and numb when facing the need to find alternatives. Everything nowadays is filtered by Facebook and that is quite scary.
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