Pushing boundaries

Facebook tests the waters for a walled payments garden in India

WhatsApp’s newly launched payments feature in India is a joy to use. It is also a clear attempt to co-opt an open protocol. But are regulators realising this?

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On 8 February, Facebook-owned WhatsApp quietly launched the much-anticipated feature in India—person to person payments. To almost universal rave reviews. (The Ken originally broke the news of this being in the works back in April 2017). Can’t get over how elegant @WhatsApp payments are. Stunning. And viral too. Have helped onboard 10 people at least…

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