Facebook opening its payments 'autofill' system to public

Facebook seems to be taking its experiments with payment features to the next level. While the social networking giant was testing an automatic form-filling


Facebook seems to be taking its experiments with payment features to the next level. While the social networking giant was testing an automatic form-filling feature for payment purposes earlier, Facebook is going to be rolling it out to the public slowly starting this week.

Starting Monday, Facebook has started to make the “Autofill with Facebook” feature available to the public. The service lets people pay using mobile payment services simply by using their Facebook credentials. The feature will be available in partnership with services like PayPal, Stripe, Braintree and two e-commerce apps, JackThreads and Mosaic, TechCrunch said.

 Facebook opening its payments 'autofill' system to public

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"We are working on a mobile payments test called Autofill with Facebook that gives people the option to use their payment information already stored on Facebook to populate the payment form when they make a purchase in a mobile app," a Facebook Spokesperson said in a statement. "The app then processes and completes the payment."

Simply put, if you wish to make a purchase online, you will be able to save a lot of time by logging in using your Facebook credentials. This will ensure that your details are filled out in time for you to make a speedy process. This is especially helpful and time-saving since we all know how annoying it can be to fill out lengthy forms on your mobile device.

The service is not to be confused with the likes of Google Wallet that allows you to make payments in brick and mortar shops with the mobile phone, though. Autofill with Facebook will have its own differences. This service, like every other, will stand a good chance to be given the Facebook treatment, wherein the social networking website will be able to showcase this feature to its huge user-base, driving them to make mobile purchases.

For now, Autofill with Facebook has rolled out only to a few users and Facebook seems to be keeping a keen eye on how it’s progressing. The feature will be made available on a wider scale soon.

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