The latest version of an old, familiar hoax claiming that Facebook is planning to start charging members for basic services includes the preposterous claim that passing along this dubious information guarantees your service will remain free of charge:
It's offical. signal at 12:20 it even passed on tv. Facebook will start charging this summer. If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message if not your count will be deleted. p.s, this is serious the icon turns blue, So please put this as your status
False, and nonsensical to boot. As Sophos.com technology consultant Graham Cluley observes, "The truth is that Facebook has no plans to charge its users for accessing the site indeed, it would be a very odd time for them to announce such a controversial move, just as its freely-available Google+ rival is launched."