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TMCNet:  Shop while you stalk: Facebook begins testing 'buy' button on its website

[July 19, 2014]

Shop while you stalk: Facebook begins testing 'buy' button on its website

(Daily Pakistan Today Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Facebook is testing a new buy' button on its website that will let consumers purchase and pay for products without have to leave the site.

The button wil appear in ads, and take users to a page to process their payment.

The new service, which Facebook described as a test with a few small and medium-sized businesses' in the United States, represents the Internet social networking company's latest effort to play a bigger role in the e-commerce business.

Facebook said its new Buy button will be available on the mobile and desktop PC version of its website and will allow consumers to purchase goods directly from participating businesses.

None of the credit or debit card information people share with Facebook when completing a transaction will be shared with other advertisers, and people can select whether or not they'd like to save payment information for future purchases,' the company said in a blog post.

Facebook in 2012 introduced a way for its users to buy their friends gifts such as socks and teddy bears.

However, Facebook stopped selling physical goods through the service after a year, letting consumers buy only gift cards instead.

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