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[Slashdot] - Facebook Brings Payments To WhatsApp, Starting in Brazil

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Facebook has brought payments to WhatsApp for the first time, starting in Brazil. The new feature is powered by Facebook Pay, a unified payment service first introduced back in 2018. The company said at the time that it planned to enable the service across its suite of apps, including WhatsApp and Instagram. From a report: News emerged earlier this year that WhatsApp payments were going to launch first in India, but it has remained in private beta since then due to regulatory issues. The Brazil launch marks the first full countrywide launch for payments in WhatsApp and signals a new way for Facebook to monetize the messaging app, after having struggled to do so since acquiring it for around $19 billion back in 2014. Facebook Pay is currently available in about 40 countries around the world, though it's limited to the main Facebook app in most markets. The only exceptions to this are in the U.S., where it's also available through Facebook's Messenger app, and now Brazil, where it's also available in WhatsApp.

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