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There is a new hoax making its way around Facebook, and there is a good chance you have already seen it. The post implores Facebook users to repost it by midnight to avoid Facebook’s new monthly charge. According to the post, Facebook has implemented a new, three-tier pricing structure that will go into effect tomorrow (the date is not relevant, it says tomorrow no matter when it’s posted). The proposed prices range from $9.99 a month for gold to $3.99 a month for bronze. The post makes no mention of what features users supposedly get for these tiers.

The post indicates that Facebook users who post this message will see their icon turn blue, and that Facebook will be free for them. The post even claims it was on the news. It is easy to see how users who do not follow the latest tech news could be tricked into believing a post like this, especially since it is coming from someone on their friends list.

Just remember this is a hoax, and it is not to be believed. Facebook has stated multiple times that it will never charge for their basic service, and that will continue going forward. If you see someone post this on their Facebook, be kind and let them know that it is not true, and there is no need to worry. The only way to stop hoaxes like this from spreading further is by letting people know that it is false, and their Facebook account will continue to be free.

I do not see what anyone has to gain from this. There are no links involved, so it seems as if it was started by someone strictly for a joke. Still, you can help stop the spread of the hoax by telling people not to repost it and by not doing so yourself.

Source: Mashable

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  1. Roi Ezekiel Arcega
    October 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Really?

  2. Christina Farina
    October 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    these scams are getting easier and easier to spot!!

    • Roi Ezekiel Arcega
      October 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Yeah!

  3. Bobby Lasley
    October 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    i dont get what people get out of doing crap like this and ruin the internet for alot of people

  4. Donovan Burns
    October 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

    If I see it I'll have to submit, but there's one that's been going around claiming if you post this block of text that's basically a reverse EULA then 'they' can't spy on you.

  5. milo rivera
    October 10, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    WOW !...looks clearly as a joke ...

  6. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    October 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Do not fall for it!

  7. Charles Yost
    October 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I haven't really been on Facebook that much. I am glad I saw this though! I am going to have to tell my wife about this one. Thanks!

  8. Yudono Ra
    October 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    the cake is a lie....

    i've already subscribed the super mega ultimate deluxe fb package jus for a mere $3,99 per year
    nice package, (almost) unlimited status, free fb games, integrated chat, etc
    *cough

    ps: VAT Excluded

  9. Wendy Christensen
    October 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    This is not entirely unfounded, though this "scam" posting gets a lot of things wrong. fb IS experimenting with charging individual users to insure that their status updates are seen by everyone on their "friend" list -- currently, status updates are NOT necessarily seen by all friends, as a fb-internal filer is applied, using an algorithm that determines who will, and will not, see your status update. This is something that has been quietly slipped in over time.
    See
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/49283712

  10. Antal Monori
    October 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    How do people still fall for this after all these years?

  11. Hugo Ch
    October 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    What a silly thing to say

  12. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Stupid people... :/

  13. Cath Uto
    October 8, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I have been looking around for the article you had for Face Book's "Who Views My Profile?" Is this a scam to collect users info? Could you please Post it again so I can share on my pages. Thank you.

    Cath

  14. HannibalCat
    October 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Some people will definitely fall for it, but it seems a little pointless. Whoever started it is snickering away to themselves in their room.

  15. Ahmed Khalil
    October 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    paying for facebook fasilities is not good idea

  16. Koshy George
    October 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

    You don't have to read it, see that this is a hoax, it is written in all caps. All caps is the universal hoax detector.

    • Jacob Patton
      October 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      lol, that's a good point :)

  17. Edwin Williams
    October 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Thanks for the heads up!

  18. Dave Anderton
    October 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I remember seeing this one before - quite a while ago. I also remember telling the people I worked with at the time that it was a hoax. Didn't stop them from posting it all over the place... It's true that one of the best ways to stop these things is to educate people, but sadly sometimes they don't want to be educated...

  19. Declan Lopez
    October 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    how would anyone be stupid enough to believe this

  20. Macwitty
    October 6, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I have not seen it but it's probably just a matter of time, it usually takes some time before they are translated. I know people who usually share similar, always written in capitals

  21. Mila Kun
    October 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Who would believe this?! XD

  22. Achraf Almouloudi
    October 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Capital letters sucks, stupid people .

  23. Oswaldo
    October 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    There are people who blindly forward anything that arrives into their email accounts. They may be otherwise intelligent and successful, but still, they may think "why not" or "no harm with spreading it"...

  24. Richard Borkovec
    October 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    The only real reason I can see this (minus the last bit about posting before midnight), is if that's the price for the ad companies. It's stupid for the general public, but oh well, hopefully one day this stuff will be gone.

  25. Brian Mok
    October 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Latest? Didn't this happen last year?

    • Aditya Roy
      October 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      exactly... haven't seen this in last 8-10 months

  26. Alex Perkins
    October 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    I can't believe people would believe this, FB uses Ads to generate income. So why would they charge people, they would lose users to other free sites and hence lose money.

  27. Scutterman
    October 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I've seen posts like this before. I just ask the poster to log out of facebook and read what's written there: "facebook is free, and always will be".

    • Dave Parrack
      October 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Spot-on. Facebook will never charge for basic access.

      • Petey Pabler
        October 9, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Who would pay for basic access...not me.

      • rjeff krause
        October 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        What does "basic access" mean?

        • Dave Parrack
          October 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm

          I meant Facebook will always be available for free, though there will be things based on the platform that the company will charge for, such as games, sponsored posts etc. That's all.

  28. Tanguy Djokovic
    October 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    just like chain mail back then on hotmail that said that we would eventually have to pay for it.... silly people; silly people everywhere

  29. Bruce Thomas
    October 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    This type of prank is done by someone who liked looking in his sister's underwear drawer while she was away. The thrill is too internal for anyone else to enjoy.

    • April Eum
      October 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

      haha, what the..

    • Billy Tyler
      October 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      She was really hot...

    • Billy Tyler
      October 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      (jk)

    • Donovan Burns
      October 11, 2012 at 2:57 am

      That seems overly specific...

  30. John Fraser
    October 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I can't believe this is still going around. Like 5 years ago it hit Hotmail, then 3 years ago Gmail, now Facebook.

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