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10 August, 2018, 17:32 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Facebook in talks with banks to expand customer service

"A critical part of these partnerships is keeping people's information safe and secure", the spokeswoman added. Although Facebook already owns WhatsApp and Instagram, the company faces competition from platforms such as Snapchat, China's WeChat and Apple's iMessage. Currently, the Facebook Messenger has 1.3 billion users so indeed there is tremendous potential here to simplify the bank transactions in quite an easy fashion if the app is able to integrate with the bank and offer numerous banking services as well.

From a business perspective, it's not wrong for Facebook to reach out to banks to establish a collaboration that would boost its usage.

Facebook now has deals with several financial institutions, including PayPal and American Express that allows users to review transactions and receipts in Messenger. It asked for information including card transactions and account balances, according to the report.

The ability to make payments via Messenger was rolled out to UK Facebook users past year. Now, Facebook has chosen to pursue an even greater hold over its customers personal data during times when major tech companies have come under fire for completely bungling its users data. These data privacy scandals appeared to be at least one major catalyst behind Facebook's precipitous plunge on the stock market at the end of last month.

It's also safe to assume that the value proposition here is heavily weighted towards Facebook while the risk, if this data was to be misused, falls uncomfortably on the shoulders of the bank itself.

Sky News has contacted Facebook for comment.

Like countless other businesses, Facebook insists it's simply helping banks and credit-card companies offer services like customer chat or account management via its Messenger service.

In a statement, Facebook denied that it was seeking information on transactions and said it was looking to help banks with their customer service.



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