Would You Pay to Use Facebook?

The social media giant is testing a fee service to send messages with a small group in the United States.

Soon, Facebook might have a message for users wishing to send notes to the inboxes of people who aren't friends.

Pay $1 first.

Facebook is testing that fee service "with a small percentage of individuals—not businesses—in the U.S.," the Associated Press reported Thursday.

"The company says charging for messages could help discourage spammers," the AP said.                  

Would you pay the fee? Tell us in the comments section.

Miguel December 22, 2012 at 09:04 PM
GM December 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
If the issue is to reduce spam activity, as opposed to raise revenue from customers, from what I've read, the objective can be accomplished by imposing a one cent fee on messages. Spammers who send out thousands of messages would pay a lot of money and the ordinary person who typically sends out a limited number of messages each day would feel a minimal impact. With regard to Facebook in particular, I don't trust Mark Zuckerberg any farther than I can throw him. To my knowledge, in every instance where Facebook has had to make a choice between making money or preserve the privacy of its account holders, it has made the choice to sacrifice privacy in order to make money. The most recent example of this appears to be the situation with Instagram. I personally don't want Facebook services for free, so I clearly wouldn't be prepared to pay a fee for those services. (And you would be correct in assuming that I have NOT chosen to establish a personal Facebook account -- I know, I'm an outlier!).
paul olsen December 23, 2012 at 03:44 AM
No, they are crazy to think that people would pay that charge.


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