Would allow users to pay for shopping and in-app items with Facebook-stored card details.
Facebook has been a busy bee this week.
First came the acquisition of a mobile speech recognition company, which I believe will be used for its celebrity-only app, while its users can now pay for their dinner through the social network.
Speaking of paying for stuff, Facebook wants to help you do more of that with a mobile payments service that's due for a trial run in the coming weeks.
Facebook encourages users of its App Centre to store card details on the site to pay for content, and the company now wants to offer the same feature across mobile apps, according to AllThingsD.
For example, if you wanted to upgrade your weapon in a zombie apocalypse game, you could login to Facebook within the app to make the transaction.
Facebook will partner a number of e-commerce apps for the programme, which suggests big brands could be enlisted for the scheme and not just developers of entertainment titles.
Men's digital lifestyle guide Thrillist is a pilot partner under its JackThreads shopping brand, which has experienced in handling mobile payments.
It's an interesting move for Facebook to make, one that seems to have been made to complement its recently opened mobile games publishing division.
While Facebookers trust the platform with their images and life stories, it will be interesting to see if users will be happy about offering their card details to the platform.
Either way, a company spokesperson has played the launch down and suggestion it is looking to tread on PayPal's toes, perhaps in case the scheme bombs.
"We continue to have a great relationship with PayPal, and this product is simply to test how we can help our app partners provide a simpler commerce experience. This test does not involve moving the payment processing away from an app’s current provider."