No, Facebook isn’t about to start charging a monthly fee

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Don’t panic! Facebook isn’t about to start charging you a monthly fee to use Facebook from July 9th 2010, but there’s undoubtedly some scammers who would like you to believe that that’s true.

Yesterday I received an update from one of my Facebook friends, informing me that she had joined a group called:

NO, I WILL NOT PAY £3.99 A MONTH TO USE FACE BOOK FROM JULY 9TH 2010……

The creator of the Facebook group says that the social networking site has announced plans to start charging £3.99 a month to all users from 9th July 2010. Allegedly, “Facebook has confirmed that if they get over 1,000,0 (sic) people against the idea to charge £3.99 a month they will reconsider”

What poppycock.

The truth is that Facebook has no plans to charge for access to its site (which will surely come as a big relief to its 400+ million fans), and that the group has been created in the hope that members will invite was many other people to join as…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.