Facebook hasn’t announced plans to charge people for accounts

The string of announcements claiming Facebook plans to charge users’ accounts has been around since at least 2009.

At the end of October, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, reported its quarterly earnings and said it was experiencing a decline in revenue and profit, amid a slump in advertising dollars. The company’s struggles have led to headlines and users on the site starting to claim Facebook will soon charge for using its service.

Two different thread messages, both claiming that posting thread messages on your wall will allow you to continue using Facebook for free, have begun to go viral on the social media platform simultaneously.

It’s Officially Signed at 7:14. It was even broadcast on TV. Facebook will start charging fees this summer. If you copy it to your wall, your icon will turn blue and your Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message, or your logo will be removed.

P.S. this is serious, the icon will turn blue

(Copy and paste to your wall)

FACEBOOK FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLY. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICE, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICE, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR Sync MEMBER SERVICE, FREE TICKET

PLEASE STOP THIS MESSAGE BEFORE Mid-Autumn Festival. WHEN YOU LOG IN FRIDAY, YOU WILL BE PROMOTIONAL FOR PAYING INFORMATION… IT’S OFFICIAL IT’S AVAILABLE ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START TO CHARGE BECAUSE OF NEW RECORD CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON THE WALL, YOUR ICON WILL BE GREEN AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE TRANSFER THIS MESSAGE IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY.

Some readers asked VERIFY if the message is true.

QUESTION

Has Facebook announced plans to charge for using the platform?

SOURCES

ANSWER

This is wrong.

No, Facebook hasn’t announced a plan to charge for using the platform yet

WHAT WE FIND

String messages claiming Facebook is about to charge users to continue using its service have been around for more than a decade now. That includes both announcements that have recently circulated on the platform.

One of the messengers, who claimed Facebook had offered price lists for three different levels of “membership,” had existed on the platform since at least 2009. A Snopes article from December 31 In 2009, recorded the message and someone posted the message to a group based on rumors back in 2011.

The “it’s official” notice has been around since at least 2011. Naked Security, a cybersecurity news site, and Facecrooks, a site dedicated to soliciting Facebook scams, both call this message is a hoax in articles published July 3, 2011. This version of Gossip has also resurfaced several times since – a video posted to Facebook in 2016 has expose it.

Variations of these string messages have circulated and been verified by testers many times over the past decade. Most recently, Snopes ran a second article in 2020 that published this claim.

Facebook has remained free since it was first accessed by the public in 2006.

Today, the Facebook Help Center still reassures people that the site is free to use and shares how the company makes money through advertisers.

Facebook says: “No, we don’t charge you for using Facebook. “Instead, we charge advertisers to show ads across the Facebook family of apps and technologies. This helps us make Facebook available to all without charging people to access it.”

This message has also been consistently maintained over the years. In 2018, Facebook Security addressed similar rumors about user fees.

“Facebook is a free website and will never ask you to [to] pay to continue using the site,” Facebook said at the time.

The chain messages affirming Meta’s plans to turn into a premium service are “even on the news”. As of October 28, 2022, VERIFY could not find any articles reporting on any plans to start charging users to use Facebook.

Meta did not respond to a request for comment prior to publication.

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