Facebook is planning to extend its payment system to online retailers in August this year. The social media giant had launched its own payment system on its main site, as well as subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram after credit card companies backed out of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency.
With the rollout for online retailers, shoppers on Facebook will see one more option listed next to the usual payment methods as Facebook Pay extends beyond the company’s own platforms, reported The Verge.
Following the expansion, Facebook Pay will be opne just like Google’s stored cards, PayPal integrations, Amazon Pay, and others, Facebook Pay is opening itself up for use in transactions with participating retailers. Shopify merchants are first in line to add the system on their sites, with others to follow after it launches in August.
Of course, this isn’t just an easier way for retailers to get paid with cards customers have already stored in their Facebook profiles, it’s also a way to get even more data into Facebook.
The announcement points to this privacy page for Facebook Pay, which clearly states:
1. As with previous payment options on our apps, when you make payments with Facebook Pay, we’ll collect information about the purchase such as the payment method, transaction date, billing, shipping and contact details. We designed Facebook Pay to securely store and encrypt your card and bank account numbers.
2. As with our other products, the actions you take with Facebook Pay can be used for purposes such as to deliver you more relevant content and ads, to provide customer support and to promote safety and integrity.
The card and bank account numbers you provide will not be used to personalize your experience or inform the ads you see.
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