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Instagram launches payment feature

Instagram launches payment feature

This allows iPhone users to watch Facebook and Instagram videos right inside the app. Unlike popular social networking or messaging sites like Facebook and Instagram, the only space where ads did not hold space was WhatsApp, however, that seems to be soon changed. At present, this feature is now available for select users in the U.S. and UK.

Additionally, the 2.18.51 update also adds further support for group chats, including the ability to add/revoke admin privileges from other users and active admins can edit the description, icon, and subject of an ongoing chat. The same can also be with Instagram or Facebook videos. Payments have already been popularized among social media users through apps like Messenger and WhatsApp, and now Facebook is apparently testing out a similar feature via Instagram. An Instagram spokesperson confirmed TechCrunch that the payments feature for booking appointments like at restaurants or salons is now live for a limited set of partners. If Instagram does find the feature useful and makes it available to all its userbase, it can go a long way to help businesses that run on Instagram.

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To use the new payments feature, users need to dive to the settings page on the Instagram app and then add their card details.

In the days to come, Instagram will reportedly bring payments feature for booking movie tickets. If they can get higher conversion rates because people don't quit in the middle of checkout as the fill in their payment info, brands might prefer to push people to buy via Instagram. In March 2017, the company announced its plans to give business profiles the option to let users book their services. However, it did not declare anything about the introduction of new payment app at that time. In fact, the executive said, people have already used about 2billionminutes of video calling on WhatsApp alone (and Zuckerberg apparently contributes to them, relying on the service to video chat with his young daughters when he's on the road). The feature is now said to be in beta testing and will soon be rolled out globally.


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