Social Networking giant, Facebook, Monday announced that it would be charging a fee for messaging people outside friends circle in the UK. The charges would be ranging between 71 pence to 10.68 pounds depending on the person the user wants to contact, be it a celebrity or any other person outside the network of friends.
Facebook has come up with this idea to prevent spam, and is currently testing this in the UK market, after which it might be introduced in other countries.
Prior to this, Facebook had given its messaging services for free, and the messages from strangers used to land up in the folder "Others," while the Inbox receives messages only from friends.
The trial period has just begun and users will be charged according to the celebrity or stranger they wish to contact, after the fee has been finalized.
In January, when Facebook tried to set up a celebrity-messaging fee in the US, it was subject to mockery for charging $100 to contact founder Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
by RTT Staff Writer
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