(UPDATED) If you're a Facebooker you'll probably see some version of this viral status update on your wall today:
Here's the text of another version:
IT IS OFFICIAL. IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON, IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY
Contrary to what's claimed in these messages, however, it isn't official, this wasn't on the news, nor, for the ten-thousandth time, has Facebook announced any plans to start charging for services. Ever.
Albeit prompted by actual changes in the functionality of Facebook's member profile feature this past week, the posting above is not only false, it's 99% recycled. The claim that Facebook will start charging for basic membership is a recurring hoax, as is the claim that failing to pass the message along on will result in account deletion.
Definition of hoax: "An act, document or artifact intended to deceive or defraud."
Don't be a hoax enabler. Check the facts before sharing.
Update: There's already a new variant of the new variant. This posting, which claims Facebook has released a membership "price grid," is completely fictitious:
FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE... PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO...IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY.
Update: Facebook has issued a statement on these rumors.)
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