Facebook charging hoax still tricking users in 2016

We continue to see Facebook flooded with status updates from users who are worried that Facebook will start charging users to keep their messages and statuses private.

Such a ridiculous demand has been outdone by users who are silly enough to fall for this latest hoax and to set the record straight, we want to say that no, Facebook will not charge you to use its services.

You have probably grown tired of seeing status messages on Facebook such as the one below, showing a Facebook ‘icon’ that will magically turn blue – allowing you to keep using Facebook for free.

“It’s official Signed at 10:33. It’s even passed on TV. Facebook will start charging this summer. If you copy this to your wall your icon will turn blue and your Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message, if not your icon will be deleted.
P.S. this is serious, the icon will turn blue
(Copy and Paste to your wall)”

Amusingly, those who do not ‘copy and paste’ the message will have to pay to use Facebook which obviously is a complete fabrication.


It goes without saying that you should completely ignore all of these statuses if you see them on your wall, there’s no truth to them whatsoever.

More importantly though, if a hidden link is included with the block of text never click it as it could lead to malware being installed on your device opening you up to serious security risks.

Are you getting annoyed with these messages appearing on your wall? Are you a little embarrassed that your friends keep falling for petty tricks like these?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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