It turns out you can’t trust all the news that reaches you via email forwards. A hoax that declares Facebook is about to start charging for its services is reportedly circulating, involving a request for users to post messages on their walls that will allow them to continue using Facebook for free.
Digital Media Wire, which says a similar hoax made the rounds in 2010, reports emails say that “the mainstream media” has reported on the issue. Says one of the messages circulating:
“It is official. It was even on the news. Facebook will start charging due to the new profile changes. If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message on, if not your account will be deleted if you do not pay.”
Of the $4.27 billion Facebook is expected to make this year, none will come from the fictional fees.
Hoax! Fake Facebook Fees [Digital Media Wire]