HOAX - 'Facebook To Start Charging to Keep Your Posts Private'
According to a post going viral on Facebook, from tomorrow, Facebook users will have to start paying a fee of £5.99 to keep their status set to private.
Alternatively, the message claims, users can avoid this proposed fee and maintain their current privacy settings just by copying and pasting the information on Facebook. But, alas, warns the message, those who do not comply with either of the two options will find that all of the information they have previously published on Facebook - even deleted material - will subsequently be made public.
Of course, there is not even a minuscule thread of truth in this absurd piece of Facebook driven flotsam. In fact, the message is just one more variant in a long line of ridiculous hoaxes that have claim that Facebook or some other online service would start charging if users did not repost a message.
Facebook has no plans to start charging users for normal access to the network. In fact, any such plan would likely be an act of financial suicide for the company. And, even if they did have such a plan, they certainly would not impose the absurd and ridiculous condition that users must pass on a silly status message in order to keep a free account.
For added impact, this variant of the hoax tacks on the mind-numbingly stupid claim that
previously private user information will be made publicly available unless users repost or pay. This is apparently a rather lame attempt to panic privacy conscious users into reposting the nonsense on their walls.
So, if one of these nonsensical messages comes your way, please do not further clutter the Interwebs by
reposting it. And, do the poster a favour by gently pointing out that he or she has fallen for a hoax.
Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to "private". If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste x.............
Last updated: September 28, 2015
First published: February 19, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen