After a year-long test, its payments service will be introduced this year in India by WhatsApp, as announced by Will Cathcart its global Chief. This move surfaced as the company taps an increase in digital payments in its leading market. The Facebook-owned messaging giant is omnipresent across the country, where data usage is heaving owing to cheap Internet. However, a full-fledged rollout of its payments feature had been deferred amid some fake messages transmitting on the platform that has resulted in mob lynching and additional government inspection, as per local media.
The company has also been attempting to conform to Indian rules comprising data storage standards that need all payments-associated information to be hoarded locally. Now, the instant messaging app has a user base of around 400 Million in India, as said by an individual knowing the topic, covering nearly a third population of India.
The payments feature of WhatsApp would contend with a swarming market in the country that consists of Google Pay of Alphabet, Alibaba- and Softbank-supported Paytm, and PhonePe of Walmart, all of which are utilized, particularly in cities, to shell out for all right from Uber rides to groceries The UPI (Unified Payments Interface) standard of India will be used by WhatsApp, which is utilized by several other digital payments services and is surging speedily—more than 750 million transactions were processed last month by UPI, increasing from around 246 million a year previously.
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