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Forget PayPal, Facebookers in the U.S. can now send cash with Messenger

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Facebook has announced its person-to-person payments platform is now available to all Messenger users in the United States.

The scheme, first announced in March, has completed successful trials in New York and has rolled out across the United States.

Direct Payments makes it easy for friends to exchange cash simply by adding a debit or credit card to their account.

It seems perfect for short terms loans, or paying a share of the dinner bill or concert tickets, without worrying about logging into PayPal and sending money that way.

In a post on his page, Facebook’s David Marcus said: “We're happy to announce that Messenger person-to-person payments are now available to everyone in the U.S.! Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient's checking account. Easy and safe. As always, give it a try it and let us know how we can make even better for you!

The roll out comes as Facebook places more and more focus on Messenger as an important standalone platform.

Just last week the company freed Messenger from the shackles of the main Facebook experience. Now people only need to use their phone number to sign up rather than their Facebook account.

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There’s no word yet on an international roll out for the free to use payments service, but it shouldn’t be too far away.

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