Rumor That Facebook Will Charge You Now Is a Hoax ... Or Is It?

credit cardsIn light of the latest Facebook news, I guess the timing was ripe for more stupid hoaxes and rumors and re-posts galore about the social network charging its members. (I always wonder who starts these things -- is it some 15-year-old boy snickering about how far he can spread his alarmist message via the power of copy and paste?)

It's actually kinda sad that people buy into these warnings -- which have popped up off and on for years -- because they're just blatant works of fiction! Facebook has been around and free now for seven years. If they were going to charge us, they would have done it already. But subscription-based membership is simply not in Facebook's cards, because it's not their business model. They don't need regular ol' users' moolah.

Still, just take a look at the rumor currently floating around.

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FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO...IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NO PAY

Oh, dear. Did no one who copied and pasted this ridiculousness stop and think for a moment that perhaps a message passed on from status to status in INSANE CAPS without proper punctuation might just be a HOAX? "IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS" -- bahhaahhahaa.

Thankfully, Facebook has officially laid this joke hoax to rest by responding:

A rumor on the Internet caught our attention. We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It's free and always will be.

Whew! (Or, if you had a clue, your reaction is probably more along the lines of "Duh.") It bears noting, however, that there's plenty of buzz about how we're paying for Facebook in a different way. By being the target of advertisers galore and corporations like Netflix and Spotify and Nike that are now partnered and interwoven with Facebook. We are the product, and advertisers pay to have access to us. We don't have to buy into what they're selling, but we may have to give up privacy and security. As a Facebook user, companies have access to at least your most basic biographical information. That's just a part of the game. But hey, it beats being charged $9.99 a month for GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, right?

Do you agree Facebook users pay in a "different way"?

 

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