(Web desk) : PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning.
According to TechCrunch, the deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies.
Last year, PayPal and Facebook anounced a deepened relationship that allowed customers in the U.S. to shop from online merchants using their Messenger chat bots, then transact in the messenger via PayPal.
Customers could also choose to link their PayPal account with Messenger in order to receive notifications and receipts from their online transactions within Messenger.
To date, over 2.5 million users have linked their PayPal account with Messenger, PayPal says, and that number is expected to grow with today’s news.