Facebook wants to charge you $16 to message a celebrity

Back in December, we reported on plans by Facebook to introduce a $1 charge to message other non-friend users on its site, as the company continues to explore ways to generate revenue from its enormous user base. That trial has been ongoing since then, and is now set to expand with a range of additional charges for sending messages to celebrities and public figures.

The exact amount that users will be charged will vary, with the value of a message determined by how many followers the recipient has, and how many others users are paying to contact them. The Sunday Times reports that sending a message to figures such as British Olympic diver Tom Daley and author Salman Rushdie could incur a charge as high as £10.68 GBP (roughly $16 USD).

Facebook has confirmed its plans, and that the trial is already under way as the company is “testing a number of price points in the UK and other countries to establish the optimal fee”. The overall objective, Facebook insists, is to reduce the amount of spam being sent via its messaging service.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson 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.”

So, you could pay $1 to message a non-friend, or $16 to message your favourite celebrity… or you could just save your money and send them a tweet instead. 

Source: The Sunday Times | via The Telegraph

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The overall objective, Facebook insists, is to reduce the amount of spam being sent via its messaging service.

Stop lying, we all know you just want money.

I don't like Facebook, but I will say this is a smart idea from them. Facebook is filled with suckers that are sure to pay money for crap like this.

Well one most celebs don't trust Facebook since most are fake. 2. what celebs are on there will move to twitter. Gonna make Facebook look like Myspace in a hurry. besides I can just message nikki sims right up on inner deviant without anyone looking over my shoulder If a celeb response 90 % of the time it's on twitter.

well its just the beginning, for those that don't think so are stupid. They do this you may as well delete facebook, in fact everyone should delete it anyway as its nothing but a pull on our society.

Facebook wants to charge people random sums of money for stupid things. It's apparent they don't know what they want to do, or what will actually work in trying to generate revenue out of their social network.

Why the hell would someone want to message a celebrity anyway?
Let alone actually pay for it. Screw that.
Besides, I don't think of celebrities any better or "higher class", than myself.
I am Lutzifer... I bow to no one. Get it? Got it? Good!

Believe it or not, but Facebook is going to make tons of money on fangirls who would like to message Justin Bieber and such. No matter if it costs $16 or more. Smart Facebook. [:

I have quite a few people who I would send a message every now and then in certain situations. Now I would basically be forced to add them as friends or pay $1 per message..

Spam blocker my *ss, this is just to force ppl to add all their contacts, even occasional ones as friend to fish for more information..

"So, you could pay $1 to message a non-friend, or $16 to message your favourite celebrity… or you could just save your money and send them a tweet instead"

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