No, Facebook isn't going to charge you
Recently, we were talking about an old Facebook hoax that had started doing the rounds again, and it seems another has reared up again.
It's almost as if people haven't heard of checking Snopes first, when they hear any spurious claim from someone online.
Either way, you may have heard about Facebook charging customers for their services. Like all claims, it urges people to cut and paste a message onto their timelines, thereby hoodwinking even more people.
This particular hoax has been doing the rounds since 2009, and sporadically resurfaces, sending your auntie and that dimwit from your school into meltdown.
Some versions of the hoax contain links which install malware onto your computer, which is obviously more serious than someone just annoying everyone with their paranoia.
The messages look like this (there are variations):
"At a press conference this morning, Facebook rolled out their new monthly service plan which begins November 1st of this year. The social media giant says they will start charging members $2.99/mo to use the services that the site has to offer."
"After thinking long and hard about this decision, at the end of the day, we were forced to add this monthly fee," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters. "If we don't do something about our rising costs now, Facebook could cease to exist in the near future."
Basically, it is a complete nonsense and Facebook themselves have repeatedly said that this is a load of bunkum that you should ignore.
Fact is, Facebook are already wildly rich from your personal data, and it is more lucrative for them to keep the service free, so they can make loads of money from advertising and the like.
If you're tempted to share the hoax, only do it if you're planning on getting your relatives anxious, for giggles.