Don't fall for the latest Facebook hoax doing the rounds

By Kirstin Buick
30 September 2015

A rumour that Facebook is set to start charging a monthly fee to keep your profile private has gone viral -- but the social media giant has been quick to quell users' fears.

It's not going to happen, Facebook announced on Facebook (how else?) yesterday.

'Facebook is free and it always will be'

The post doing the rounds recently sparked fears that the social network would start charging $5,99 (about R83) per month for users to keep access to their profiles private.

"While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the internet today," Facebook said. "Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!"

This isn't the first time a rumour like this has done the rounds.

Soon after they first launched, Facebook made it clear that, “Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”


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