Facebook hoax sweeping the site has many concerned

You may have seen this message getting shared a lot in the past 24 hours.  Like us, you might have
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You may have seen this message getting shared a lot in the past 24 hours.  Like us, you might have even received one just minutes ago from a friend.

The message reads, “From Saturday morning facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (🔵) and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise facebook will activate billing.”

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While this is a popular trending conspiracy theory that Facebook will start charging you for its use, it is completely untrue. However, what the point of the message seems to be unclear.  Besides showing you the people on your Facebook that believe “if it’s on the net it has to be real.”

What do the experts say about this message? Delete it and don’t share it. While Facebook gives similar but slightly more drastic advice, “We always advise you to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.”  That might be a little awkward if it’s a relative.

Facebook also added in a recent blog post, “Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.”

Have you seen this message on your Facebook?  Have you passed it on?

  1. Kevin  

    “You have a message” has appeared on legitimate sites for a long time. I never click it, as its bound to be a scam. The leading sites that allow these messages to be displayed should be ashamed.

    If they were in magazines, consumer affairs would act on them immediately. Why treat the internet as lawless?

    The legitimate site’s response as seen when I complained to a leading site once was “We get paid to have messages on our site and we don’t have a say or know what those messages are”.

    Not good enough! Just greed from businesses that already are worth a fortune.

    It’s time the sites made it their business to ask advertisers to clean up their act.

    Another recent one is ads like “James Packer was really shocked at this” Or other famous person name-dropping, even hinting a famous person has passed away. If you click on the ad, its nothing about what the ad says. That’s plain fraud and governments should clamp down on them too, regardless of country of origin.

    Further – famous people should sue the sites that allow these lies.

    • ted partridge  

      yes just deleted richard branson

  2. dee  

    Knew it was untrue… For starters how can they charge you if they don’t have an account to use!!! Figured it was just another furphy going around!

    • Marg Greenwood  

      Totally agree Dee. I received it and just delered it..

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