It hasn’t been long since Facebook launched a bot platform for Messenger. Thousands of bots that help users do a variety of things are now available in Facebook Messenger, and today the company revealed that it’s making them even more useful. Facebook Messenger bots are now capable of accepting payments on their own without having to redirect users to an external website.
The confirmation comes from David Marcus, who is the head of Messenger at Facebook, during his talk onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016.
Facebook Messenger has come a long way since it was broken out of the original Facebook app and offered as a standalone messaging app, it’s now able to do so much more, including but not limited to video and voice calls.
This is one feature that users who regularly rely on bots in Messenger to get things done must have been missing. The company would have listened to feedback from users as well as developers to see how it can further improve the bot experience for both parties.
Users will now be able to use the credit card information they have already stored in Facebook or Messenger to instantly make purchases via Messenger bots. The bots will be able to process these payments on their own and they will no longer need to redirect users to an external website.