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Facebook Messenger’s Code Reveals Hidden Friend-to-Friend Payment Feature

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Facebook is ripe for a peer-to-peer payment feature, and it looks like the company has been experimenting with a hidden feature inside its mobile app. The hidden code was first discovered by security researcher Joanathan Zdziarski, but a preview of the feature only recently surfaced when Stanford student Andrew Aude published the details via Twitter. Aude was able to hack the Facebook app to reveal the hidden feature within the much hated Facebook Messenger app, where users can easily send money to friends.

@Facebook Messenger has P2P payments coming. @SquareCash style. pic.twitter.com/3NuXuuaMMC

— Andrew Aude (@andyplace2) October 4, 2014

 

Not necessarily the best design to keep credit card details in Objective-C objects in resident memory. But meh. pic.twitter.com/aIUpovBkB1

— Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Paypal’s former president David Marcus is now leading the team at Facebook Messenger, but there’s not a clear timeline when the new payment system will be opened to all users. At the company’s Q2 earnings call, Zuckerburg hinted at the new direction for Messenger: “over time there will be some overlap between [Messenger] and payments. […] The payments piece will be a part of what will help drive the overall success and help people share with each other and interact with businesses.” However, it would take a lot more time and work before users can start sharing and lending money.

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