This Is Why Facebook Was So Aggressive About Migrating Users Over To Messenger
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Still the question remained: Why was Facebook aggressively herding users over to Messenger? Especially since Facebook had just acquired WhatsApp--which basicallydoes the same thing--for $16 billion?
Now, we have clear hints of one possible answer: User-to-user mobile payments. According to leaked screenshots obtained by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski (and posted to Twitter by developer Andrew Aude), it looks like Facebook is experimenting with a way to send money to other users using Messenger, a la Venmo, PayPal, and Square Cash.
And frightening implications for privacy if Facebook is watching money transfers between users.