SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook announced a new online payment system that will allow businesses to sell directly to consumers on its Messenger application.
"We're kicking off the beginning of messages with payments that will allow businesses to sell products and services directly to customers in Messenger," the social network giant said on Monday.
"Customers can check out with a few easy clicks, without ever leaving the Messenger app."
The announcement suggests Facebook may be able to monetise its free messaging application, which is used by over a billion people, by making it an e-commerce platform.
"Moving forward, we are also simplifying the payment and check-out experience," the statement read.
"People can use their payment information already stored on Messenger and Facebook to check out faster in Messenger threads."