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Facebook Charging for Emails: Now Allows People to Spam for Cost

For whatever reason, this came quietly in the middle of the night without Facebook announcing this very strange new feature. Well, it seems that Facebook has started a new revenue generating device that allows you to email people that you are not connected to, where your message would normally go to spam for the grand price of $1.00

Yes, you heard this right: Facebook has found a way to charge you for making money off of you messaging to people you may know, but are not connected to. Quite a few people have made their profiles semi-public, so people can’t contact them, unless they know each other.

Screw privacy – for the amazing price of $1.00 you can contact them now via facebook, ignoring their privacy setting and send them a message.

What’s the reason for this? I doubt Facebook cares about the $1.00 but they are looking for anyway for you to enter your credit card number so you can buy as many products as you want. Meaning, if you didn’t get this already, that once they have our card, they can start charging for more features. They store the credit card information in your file, which can then be used for everything from buying advertising, buying real gifts to even promoting your own posts. Of course, as many people have already noted, it means anyone can get onto your account and start buying things.

This is specifically targeted for guys who want to chat with hot girls, but can’t get to their inbox, right?


What are your thoughts on this?

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  1. It could possibly hold true that the $1 certifies that the message is most likely NOT SPAM. I’m sure deep inside FB T&C they would allow such interactions without it being unsolicited.

  2. lets get a couple of thousand people each spend $10 they can spam the entire management of facebook until they realize this is a bad idea.

  3. I can think of great ways businesses can use this to respond to individual comments within pages. That being said, as a page admin, I can only contact as myself – not as the page.

  4. they are a sort of spammers too, in my humble opinion…with all those suggested ( pages, events, and other shits) you’ve liked once they became annoying everyday….

  5. Hello
    Now this is something good and I think I must appreciate what Facebook has done. In the last few months, I have got more than 50 spam mails, and now I dont even get one. Thank you facebook. Spam mails are really irritating.

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