Facebook to allow credit card purchases: Wise move or not?

credit_card_templateThe recent botched Facebook IPO, rising concerns about ad revenue, meeting the challenge of mobile monetization and looming privacy threats are pertinent issues that Facebook Inc. has to deal with. They are trying to find innovative solutions but there are bound to be hurdles along the way. Proposals to allow membership to under-13s have not been met with overwhelming enthusiasm, but this latest move could alter the scenario.

Facebook is now aiming to build itself as a payment platform by allowing users to make purchases in their local currency, through credit cards. The existing process of purchasing Facebook Credits in virtual currency will soon be abolished. Interestingly, the Cupertino outfit has been receiving a 30% cut from such purchases and this amounts to 15% of their total revenue.

Until now, such sales mainly dealt with virtual transactions for apps like Cityville, Farmville etc. But this update will encourage sellers and marketers to offer physical wares. In addition to gaining a channel for personalized targeting, sellers will also find it easier to acquire necessary data. A Facebook blog post defining the change reads – “By supporting pricing in local currency, we hope to simplify the purchase experience, give app developers more flexibility and make it easier to reach a global audience of Facebook users who want a way to pay for apps and games in their local currency.”

As of now there is not much to buy on Facebook, but this modification will change that. As per this TOI article, the changes are expected to take place next month and will apply to mobile devices as well.

User’s perspective: Convenience vs. Risks
Users will be able to subscribe to services that require monthly payments vis-a-vis one time payments being used so far. Moreover, users will pay in their own currency, a fact that is bound to enhance Facebook’s global appeal. While this works towards opening an interactive purchase portal for users, the fact is that Facebook will now also possess your credit card information.

Financial transactions require several layers of secure coding, so Facebook needs to implement the correct protocols. Hacking of social networks is constantly on the rise and Facebook’s large user base is a very inviting proposition for malicious parties. Identity theft and account hacking are rampant issues over Facebook and with the addition of credit card details to the mix it is further unsettling. While credit card details are required for purchasing Facebook Credits, this is a whole new ball game altogether.

Facebook is seeking revenue from sources other than advertising, but as users are you prepared to share your credit card details with them? In case of a security breach, credit card details are the finest prize, far more valuable than login passwords. Are you willing to put these details at stake for purchasing goods you can find on centralized shopping portals (in addition to in-app purchases over Facebook only) or do you think this is a wise move after all? Let us know what you think.

Rahul Thadani

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tutu panda
tutu panda
8 years ago

It willbe better for all the face book members.

MAHESH
MAHESH
8 years ago

It is very good move

srinivasa rao
srinivasa rao
8 years ago

it is not a wise move

Sameer
Sameer
8 years ago

No this is not at all a wise move…!!!
and Financial transactions on social networking sites..!!!!!
never ever….!!

izat mohammad
izat mohammad
8 years ago

nwo preparing stuff this is as facebook has helped collecting almost any data of anybody CIA headquarters were recently very happy as it said that facebook is a intelligence dream come true for them. after this it goes to IRS etc . free offer implementaions promos blind people into their frequency and so most entrapp themselfs. they rammed two rfids into my head this bastards . if i was young i would fight and help to wake up all of you .

L.K.Babbar
L.K.Babbar
8 years ago

Even as on today FB profile is not safe. You might have read many incidence reported in the media. One can easily say this move…..DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT.

aravi
aravi
8 years ago

It is very good moove.

T.J.Bhaduri
T.J.Bhaduri
8 years ago

No…. it’s too risky. I will never endorse

mehboob
mehboob
8 years ago

good

nilesh patil
nilesh patil
8 years ago

no……. It will create big impact on card security or numbers passwords

SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA
SIRAJ MUHAMMAD FUNTUA
8 years ago

I believe everything that got advantage will definitely has a disadvantage. People take risk, not bcos they want to take it, but because it is a most to take risk for anyone to move ahead. Life itself is risky. Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion.

jagdish
jagdish
8 years ago

good

Kalyan
Kalyan
8 years ago

No it’s not a good move & risky toooo. so i request do not use

badri prasad
badri prasad
8 years ago

no not required it will become too commercial

rajkumar
rajkumar
8 years ago

not a wise move

wana
wana
8 years ago

No this is not at all a wise move…!!!
and Financial transactions on social networking sites..!!!!!
never ever

bhimrajgurung
bhimrajgurung
8 years ago

Not recomended,instead have authorised resellers all around in the country.
There is likelyhood of foreign ex swindling as it is country is already facing massive problems !!

vp singh
vp singh
8 years ago

i like this

v krishna murthy
v krishna murthy
8 years ago

no it might be miss used

DINESH PATIL
DINESH PATIL
8 years ago

ossam

Manoj
Manoj
8 years ago

NOT SECURE AT ALL……………..

RAHUL
RAHUL
8 years ago
Reply to  Manoj

Not safe

Hitesh P - The Name is Enough.
Hitesh P - The Name is Enough.
8 years ago

No not at all. Fraud will increase.

Jayesh Agrawal
Jayesh Agrawal
8 years ago

Since,facebook ID is being hacked successfully it is not a wise move.

Hardik
Hardik
8 years ago

Of course not a wise move.

sajad khan
sajad khan
8 years ago

this move is the need of the hour,go for it

Divya shah
Divya shah
8 years ago

this is a really good idea but you guys cant provide those purchase cards in small towns and villages

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