Facebook is Charging a Fee - Facebook Rumour
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One of the first and original viral hoaxes to hit Facebook was actually a very unoriginal hoax – one that has also plagued users of Hotmail, MySpace, AIM, Yahoo and PayPal, and that is the assertion that a free service is no longer going to be free, and users will soon have to pay for the service.
Over the years, Facebook specifically has been hit hard by this hoax, with several prolific variations of hoax circulating either in the guise of Facebook Pages or Groups, or in status updates. All such variations of this hoax purport a soon to be introduced charge to use the Facebook service.
Of course, they are all utterly false. Facebook have dismissed the rumours many times and even state on their homepage that the service will always remain free. Facebook’s revenue model which relies on exposing its massive user base to third party adverts would not work if that user base disappeared, which would certainly happen if they started charging their users a fee.
Many of these rumours go on to claim that either joining a group or updating your status to a specific message means you can forgo the proposed charge, but of course this is simply ridiculous. Why would Facebook provide free accounts for users who join groups or post certain messages and charge everyone else? The assertions are utter nonsense and completely illogical.
Facebook is free. It always will be free. Rumours to the contrary should be ignored, or better yet, direct the poster to this page to show them the error of their ways.
You can read our blog post The Curious Case of the Fantasy Facebook Fee here.
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WE ARE NOT PAYING FOR FACEBOOK
Open: All content is public.
WE ARE AGAINST THE 4.99 A MONTH CHARGE FOR FACEBOOK FROM JUNE 30TH 2010
Another rumour claiming Facebook will start charging goes viral in July 2011.
Again utterly false on both accounts. Facebook will not start charging and copying this status will not make "your icon turn blue".
UPDATE 2: 25th Sept 2011
Another version of this hoax, prolific in September 2011, claims that Facebook have released a "price grid" and copying and pasting a message means you for-go any payment. Utterly illogical and ridiculous.
UPDATE: 16th April 2012
Same hoax reworded in 2012.
You can read our blog post on this silly hoax by clicking here.
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