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Venmo Considers Making It Harder to See What Other People Are Buying


The Venmo app

The Venmo app

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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Tap on the Venmo app on your phone, and chances are you’ll be greeted with a running list of payments made from one person to another for anything from brunch bills to rent payments. But the real-time ticker of strangers’ spending habits could soon go away.

In recent weeks, executives at PayPal Holdings Inc., the parent company of Venmo, were weighing whether to remove the option to post and view public transactions, said a person familiar with the deliberations. It’s unclear if those discussions are still ongoing, and regardless of the outcome, payments between friends would still be visible on the home feed, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.