Facebook Asks Banks for Your Account Balance, Credit Card Activity

Joanna Estrada
August 10, 2018

Over 17 billion video chats were sent on Facebook Messenger last year, twice as many as the year before, claims the social media platform. With this surge in video chat calls, Facebook will look to introduce more interactive features like these into its Messenger app.

For now, it's going to be ads and in-app purchase free, but as Facebook is well aware of the fact that this is an earning source for many hence, the feature is expected to be added soon.

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Once the video chat has started you can press the star icon on your screen and choose a game to play, your friends will then get a notification to join the game.

The social network has added two games, which allow up to six people to play along at once from their own handsets.

In Don't Smile you have to try and keep a straight face longer than your opponent and it is tracked by the app. When someone cracks a smile, a filter distorts their facial expression, and an animated sun pops up indicating who won. Future augmentations will incorporate Beach Bump (bobbing a ball amongst players) and Kitten Kraze (matching cats).

In a personal example of how the scammers work, an Federal Bureau of Investigation staff member said they were contacted by a friend on Facebook Messenger.

The disclosures follow a report in "The Wall Street Journal" that Facebook is urging banks to offer information such as credit card transactions and checking account balances so the social giant can offer customer service options on its messaging platform, Messenger. "Its new features are created to get and keep attention ... and are about more utility, more entertainment and more time spent".

The WSJ article stated that in order to introduce new services in Facebook Messenger, the firm is asking US banks to share sensitive financial information of users, including account balances and payment card transactions. "There's a lot of attention and time spent [in games]".

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