Facebook begins charging $15 to send private messages

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Facebook has unrolled its plan to charge users $15 to send private messages to people with a lot of followers, mostly celebrities. The paid messaging plan is being rolled out in the United Kingdom and 36 other countries.

Facebook said the reason is to curb the amount of messages celebrities get from strangers. The social site is experimenting with a sliding scale, charging different prices depending on the popularity of the celebrity.

In a statement Facebook said, “The system of paying to message non-friends in their inbox is designed to prevent spam while acknowledging that sometimes you might want to hear from people outside your immediate social circle. We are testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee that signals importance.”

Facebook had previously started charging users $1 to send messages to people they’re not friends with, celebrity or not — something FOX 4 reporters experienced first hand. In order to reach out to a potential story source, reporters have been forced to fork over a dollar to ensure the user gets the private message.

With Facebook’s homepage saying “It’s free and always will be,” what are your thoughts on the latest developments? Would you be willing to pay $15 to send a private message to someone? Sound off on Facebook or leave us a comment in the section below.

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