Facebook to start charging this summer, Hoax post says

Posted on Jul 6 2011 - 11:09am by Julius

A number of Facebook users have posted a status update on their walls, claiming that the social networking site will start charging users to enjoy its service this summer. The wall post encourages their friends to copy and paste it to their walls so that using the site will stay free.

The wall post says: “It’s official.. signal at 12;20 it even passed on tv. Facebook will start charging this summer. If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message if not your count will be deleted. p.s, this is serious the icon turns blue, So please put this on your wall.”

No evidence was found to support the message, and I wonder how people fall for tricks like these. Facebook isn’t planning to charge their users to access the site, and if they do, we should know in advance because such an announcement would lead to chaos online. With the site’s rival, Google+, being launched, such a move will be extremely bad for the company.

Clearly some internet trolls wanted to start a practical joke that would fool people worldwide, and to some extent they have.

This is not the first time a hoax appeared on Facebook, though. Last January, a message began to circulate that too many inactive users are slowing down the Facebook servers and the company needed to delete some of the profiles. It did not cause massive panic, but some users fell for it.

Have any of your mates posted this update? Share this post by hitting the like button, that’ll show em the error in their ways.

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  1. Cdeazz July 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    The masses are asses and follow others like sheeple ( sheep+people=sheeple ) all you need in todays society to be wise and seem genius is freakin' common sense

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