Facebook makes payments product available off platform, starting with US Shopify merchants

Last week, Facebook began rolling out Facebook Pay for merchants beyond its own platforms for the first time, beginning with Shopify merchants based in the United States (US).

Facebook initially announced the plans in July. They come after a series of agreements between Facebook and Shopify, as the two tech companies look to capture a larger segment of the e-commerce market by expanding the reach of their payments products.

The move comes after a series of payments-related agreements between Facebook and Shopify, as the two firms look to capture more of the e-commerce market.
 

The Facebook Pay move follows the recent expansion of Shopify’s Shop Pay online checkout offering to Shopify merchants selling on Facebook and Instagram, after the two companies struck a deal in February.

In June, Shopify announced that Shop Pay will also be available to non-Shopify merchants selling on Facebook and Google. Shopify said this would give it access to over one million merchants across both platforms, as well as the more than 1.8 billion people that log on to Facebook and one billion shopping sessions that occur through Google per day.

Facebook Pay currently allows users to send money, shop, donate, and perform other financial transactions across Facebook’s apps and services, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp. The recent expansion will enable US-based Shopify retailers to provide checkout experiences on their own websites using Facebook Pay.

Facebook said in July that it plans to increase the availability of Facebook Pay “with more platforms and payment service providers over time.”

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According to Facebook, Facebook Pay encrypts user payment details, eliminating the need for businesses to manage customers’ card or bank account numbers.

Facebook said it does not use card or bank account numbers to personalize user experience or support targeted advertising efforts, and does not disclose Facebook Pay activity, including payments and purchases, to friends, profiles, or feeds, unless users choose this option.

Feature image courtesy of Facebook

Josh Scott

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