You can now order food from Facebook

WASHINGTON • Facebook has a new recipe for success.

It announced a new feature over the weekend to make it easier for users to order meals from nearby restaurants and service providers without leaving the social network.

A new "order food" feature rolled out for users in the United States lets Facebook users order delivery or takeout from restaurant chains such as Papa John's and Panera, and on-demand services, including and DoorDash.

"People already go to Facebook to figure out what to eat by reading about nearby restaurants and seeing what their friends say about them. So we're making it even easier," read a blog post by Facebook vice-president Alex Himel.

"From local spots to national chains, Facebook connects you with old favourites and new discoveries in just a few taps.

"You can even check out what your friends have to say about a restaurant before you order your food."

Facebook has been testing this feature since last year and is rolling out the service to users in the US on its desktop, iOS and Android applications, with new partners.

The move expands Facebook's ability to keep users on its platform, with services such as money-transfer, business services and ride-hailing available from its main application or messaging services.

The world's largest social network has more than two billion active users.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2017, with the headline 'You can now order food from Facebook'. Print Edition | Subscribe