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Facebook Messenger gets a bot that can help send your money across the world

Facebook Messenger gets a bot that can help send your money across the world

Sending money to a friend or relative abroad just got a little easier for users of Facebook Messenger.

On Tuesday, London-based money transfer company TransferWise introduced a bot to facilitate money transfers via the social media giant’s messaging platform. For now, the service is available only to senders and recipients in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe, but the company plans to expand eventually to all of the 50-plus countries in which it operates.

The bot represents yet another way commerce has expanded on Facebook Messenger. Last March, the Menlo Park, Calif., company opened Messenger to all developers to create their own apps on top of...

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