Facebook now charges $1 for messages sent to strangers

COURTESY: Facebook

COURTESY: Facebook

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In an effort to make more money off you, for an already free service, Facebook is rolling out the ability to message anyone on the site — but it will cost you.

It’s all inside a revamp of the site’s messaging service — by charging you $1 to message people you’re not friends with.

And CNET makes a great point: unlike other sites like Amazon and Apple, Facebook has a ton of information on its users, just not their credit cards. And the numbers it does have are often linked to users who play games or pay for virtual items.

Previous versions of messages already let people send messages to whoever they wanted, it was just up to a person’s privacy settings to turn that on or off. However, Facebook claimed many didn’t adjust their settings.

With the new system, Facebookers will get the note in a folder called “other.”

Facebook claims the buck charge will also make it to the person’s inbox and not the spam folder.

The social site has yet to disclose how many people use its messaging service or how many people send messages to people they aren’t friends with.

Read more from CNET on the pay-to-message plan.

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