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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Is Facebook 'Charging Chain Letter' that Spreads Online True or Not?



The Facebook 'chain letter' reads thus:

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











Due to fear of being charged monthly, some Facebook users have started re-posting this ridiculous chain letter on their respective walls, and more than that encouraging their friends and family to do the same, claiming that Facebook will start charging before midnight tonight.

First, let me clarify that it was clearly stated on Facebook registration form - "It's free and always will be". If the amended agreement is disadvantageous to the user like this, Facebook must offically inform their users perhaps for at least 30 days of grace period in advance.


Second, it's a known fact that Facebook is a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR company and I don't think they will suddenly make this critical move and take a chance of losing some of it's half-billion users worlwide.

Third, there's no link to any supporting evidence to the claim. We’ve heard similar rumors in the past, all are proven untrue.

According to Sophos Naked Security senior technology consultant Graham Cluley in his blog, there's no truth about Facebook charging its users for accessing the site and the announcement has *not* been on the news. He believes that someone has started the chain letter as a piece of mischief - curious as to how many people they could fool into posting the message onto their Facebook pages.

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