A message is spreading across Facebook that claims the site will “cost money” unless you forward a message to 18 of your contacts, in which case you “icon will turn blue” and Facebook will remain free.
The message is a hoax, and an old, grammatically-lacking one at that. We won’t go into much detail on this post since similar, previous incarnations of the same hoax have already been covered a number of times on this site.
Hi I’m Carlos The Director of facebook THURSDAY WE ARE NOTIFIED BY HOTMAIL, HAPPENED ON THE TELE BY THE DOUBTS !!
Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, facebook use will cost money
If you send this string to 18 different from your list, your icon will be blue and it will be free for you.
If you do not believe me tomorrow at 6 pm that facebook will be closed and to open it you will have to pay, this is all by law.
This message is to inform all our users, that our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking for your help to solve this problem. We require that our active users forward this message to each of the people in your contact list in order to confirm our active facebook users if you do not send this message to all your facebook contacts then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of Lose all your cont the transmission of this message. Your SmartPhone will be updated within the next 24 hours, will have a new design and a new color for the chat. Dear Facebook users, we are going to do an update for facebook from 23:00 p.m. until 05:00 a.m. on this day. If you do not send this to all your contacts the update will be canceled and you will not have the possibility to chat with your facebook messages
Will go to pay rate unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts
Send this sms and the logo will turn red to indicate that you are a user
Confirmed … We finish it for free Tomorrow they start to collect the messages for facebook at 0.37 cents Forward this message to more than 9 people of your contacts and it will be free of life for you to watch and it will turn green the ball of above do it and you will see
Facebok is now free, send 10 people to reactivate your service again without cost
I already updated
Facebook and have new stickers forward it to 15 666355466
When considering whether a message like this should be taken seriously, it is perhaps prudent to take both spelling and grammar into account. It is unlikely – nigh improbable – that any communication from Facebook would be riddled with such glaringly obvious grammar mistakes. So glaring are such errors, the message above is rendered almost illegible. Yet despite such mistakes, Facebook users are bizarrely turning up in their thousands to copy and paste the garbled mess onto their timelines.
To boot, as we have said numerous times our site, Facebook is free. It always will be. It says it right on the homepage when you go to login.
It is also worth noting that as we write this, there are currently 8 members on Facebook’s director board, and none are called Carlos.
We discuss previous versions of this long running hoax in our post here. We suggest giving it a read if this is your first experience with the persistent “Facebook is charging” genre of hoaxes.