Facebook is adding a new feature in its Messenger app that will ease your struggle of dividing up or getting paid back for group dinners, shared household expenses, or even monthly rent. The feature is called "Split Payments" and is currently in the testing phase for users in the United States.
To use the feature, users can click on the "Get Started" button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. From here, users can split a bill evenly or modify the contribution amount for each individual, with or without including themselves. Users also have the option to enter a personalized message and after confirming Facebook Pay details, their request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.
Apart from Split Payments, Facebook also made additions to Group Effects which are similar to Snapchat's AR filters. Facebook is now partnering up with even more creators to bring new custom Group Effects that will be available for video calls on both Messenger and Instagram. Users can select effects like:
- King Bach: Channel King Bach’s royal demeanor and choose between two different regal effects by nodding your head.
- Emma Chamberlain: In a nod to the 90s, Emma’s effect is a dual lo-fi camcorder effect, triggered by winking your eye (dropping on December 6).
- Bella Poarch: Bella’s effect is based on her social alter egos. Choose between a sweet or spicy effect by kissing or pursing their lips.
- Zach King: Trick your friends and family with an effect that gives the illusion of buffering. Don’t worry…Zach will (try to) fix your connection.
Facebook is trying to add a lot of financial payments to its app. A few months ago, Messenger added QR Codes for person-to-person payments. With these codes, anyone in the US can send or request money through Facebook Pay even if they're not Facebook friends using the Facebook Pay section in Messenger's setting.