Hoax: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP.

Hoax: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP.

Summary: Scammers have sent out a second version of an old Facebook hoax, trying to warn users that the company will soon start charging you to use the service. This time they even have fake prices!

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Facebook users are warning each other that the social network will soon start charging its users due to the upcoming profile changes. Since this hoax spread so quickly and went viral, scammers are trying once again, this time with fake prices.

While these people likely have good intentions, the truth is that this is a hoax and Facebook will never ask you to pay to use its service. The "advice" comes in the form of one of the following messages:

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

FACEBOOK SUPPOSELY 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 NOT PAY..

This second hoax is also spreading like wildfire on Facebook. Many scams have claimed Facebook will ask you to pay in one form or another, but they're all bogus. The company even tries to remind its users on the website's main login page (if you're logged in, you'll have to log out to see it): "It's free and always will be."

The company even released a statement once it realized the hoaxes had gone viral. "A rumor on the internet caught our attention," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. "We have no plans to charge for Facebook. It's free and always will be."

Facebook makes a lot of money from the ads viewed and clicked by its 800 million active users. In fact, the social networking giant is expected to make $4.27 billion in revenue this year, 89 percent of which will come from advertising.

As a general word of caution, don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Also, don't blindly copy and paste warnings just because your Facebook friend's status tells you to do so. Although you probably mean well, you could be helping a hoax become more popular on the social network.

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Topic: Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • RE: Hoax: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP.

    I believe everything that is in ALL CAPS.
    sjm310
  • RE: Hoax: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP.

    How do these hoaxes get started and who can pay for memberships or accounts when no one has any money?
    winniepeg
  • RE: Hoax: FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP.

    Who starts these stories? Who can pay for anything when we have no money?
    winniepeg
  • No Really I just say this today! It's real!

    On September 31st Facebook will start charging you for your account. To avoid this, you MUST get NAKED, stand on your dining room table and do the Macarena all while singing ???I Will Survive???. Then and only then, will Mark Zuckerberg come down your chimney to tell you that your account will stay free. Pass it on, it must be true because someone on Facebook I hardly know told me.
    BillVentiger
  • Google+ dirty tricks

    We've seen trash like this before on FB, but having reviewed the epidemiology of this example and tracing back a few examples, to me this looks like Google+ propaganda originating from a PR agency.

    http://www.timacheson.com/Blog/2011/jul/google_propaganda
    Tim Acheson
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