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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 38

Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015

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Protest message being shared across Facebook claims that Facebook has announced plans to start levying a surcharge of  £1 per month from 1st January 2015.


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Brief Analysis
The claims are untrue. Facebook has not announced any plans to start charging users for normal services. The message is just an updated version of several old "Facebook charging" hoaxes that have been circulating for years.

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News just out. Facebook are planning to charge all users £1.00 per month to continue using their services from 1st January 2015. Share this to your friends if you are against this and think it is unacceptable.


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Detailed Analysis

According to a would-be protest message that is currently being shared across Facebook, the company is planning to impose a surcharge of £1 per month per user for the continued use of its services from January 1, 2015. The message implores people to share the information with their friends if they think the charging plans are unacceptable.

However, the claims in the message are nonsense. Facebook has certainly not announced any plans to start charging its users for normal service. There are no credible news or media reports about such a plan. If a charge had been announced, it would have generated a great deal of discussion and speculation from commentators all around the world and have been widely reported by news outlets. 

Facebook may charge a fee for using certain extra features of its service such as the ability to send messages directly to the inboxes of people who are not on your friends list. However, Facebook has repeatedly dismissed rumours that it has any plans to start charging for everyday use of its service.

And, of course, right there on its login page, Facebook prominently displays the slogan "It’s free and always will be".

In fact, this message is just a revamped version of several other hoaxes that have falsely claimed that Facebook is about to start charging its users.

The prankster responsible for this hoax has gone to the trouble of creating a pictorial version complete with Facebook logos and even a fake "Dislike Button" image. Nevertheless, it is still just as silly as its predecessors. It is unclear why the prankster opted to list a date more than a year into the future. But, perhaps he or she just wants to see how far the fake message will travel over that period and how often it will be shared.

Let's not give the prankster any satisfaction. If this hoax message comes your way, do not share it with others. And let the person who posted it know that the message is a hoax.

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Last updated: October 30, 2013
First published: October 30, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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  2. Wedding Invitation Malware Emails
  3. 'Suspicious Guy Claiming He is You' Spam Emails
  4. Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
  5. 'Missing Persons in Australia' Facebook Like-Farming Scam
  6. Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Hoax
  7. 'Young Romanian Woman' Car Crash Scam Warning
  8. No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research
  9. Facebook Hate Campaign Against Keely Currie
  10. Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video
  11. PlayStation 4 Like and Share Giveaway Facebook Scam
  12. Circulating Video of Girl Throwing Puppies Causing Outrage
  13. 'Bizarre Unknown' Fish Caught in Malaysia Not So Mysterious
  14. No, The Bitstrips App is NOT an NSA Trojan
  15. 'Removing An Old Setting' Facebook Notification Message
  16. Did a Man in China Sue His Wife For Being Ugly?
  17. '200 Pieces of iPhone' Facebook Giveaway Scam
  18. Gmail '4 Missed Emails' Pharmacy Spam
  19. 'Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency' Facebook Page Scam
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  28. 'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam
  29. ASDA Attempted Kidnapping Hoax
  30. Bogus Message Proclaims ' Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims'
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  38. Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015
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  41. Beware of Fake Obamacare Websites
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