Face­book stays free: Zucker­berg

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FACE­BOOK CEO Mark Zucker­berg’s video ap­pear­ing on Face­book Mes­sen­ger and telling users that he is delet­ing the so­cial net­work­ing site has been spread­ing on­line.

To­gether with the video is Zucker­berg’s al­leged mes­sage telling users to send the in­struc­tion to 18 peo­ple to en­joy a free Face­book ac­cess. It also stated that fail­ure to share the mes­sage means pay­ment to ac­cess the ac­count.

Here is the mes­sage that cre­ated panic among Face­book users:

“Hi, I’m Mark Zucker­berg, the Di­rec­tor of Face­book... We re­quire that our ac­tive users for­ward this mes­sage to each of the peo­ple in your con­tact list in or­der to con­firm our ac­tive Face­book users. If you do not send this mes­sage to all your Face­book con­tacts, then your ac­count will re­main in­ac­tive with the con­se­quence of los­ing all your con­tacts with­out the trans­mis­sion of this mes­sage. Your smart­phone will be up­dated within the next 24 hours, will have a new de­sign, and a new color for the chat.”

But Face­book, in its Help Cen­ter sec­tion, an­swered “No” to the ques­tion “Does it cost money to use Face­book? Is it true that Face­book is go­ing to charge to use the site?”

“Face­book is a free site and will never re­quire that you pay to con­tinue us­ing the site,” it added.

Snopes.com, the old­est and largest fact-check­ing site and widely re­garded

by jour­nal­ists, folk­lorists, and layper­sons alike as one of the world’s es­sen­tial re­sources, said such mes­sage is not new, adding it was also able to check it in Septem­ber 2017.

Zucker­berg, in his tes­ti­mony be­fore the US Congress re­cently, also con­firmed that “there will al­ways be a ver­sion of Face­book that is free.”

He said though that in or­der not to run ads on the so­cial me­dia feed, “we would need some sort of busi­ness model. To be clear, we don’t of­fer an

op­tion to­day for peo­ple to pay to not show ads. We think of­fer­ing peo­ple an ad-sup­ported ser­vice is the most aligned with our mis­sion of try­ing to con­nect ev­ery­one in the world, be­cause we want to of­fer a free ser­vice that ev­ery­one can af­ford. That’s the only way we can reach bil­lions of peo­ple.”

Face­book, Zucker­berg said, re­lies on ad­ver­tis­ing to con­tinue the free plat­form.

In 2010, an al­leged ad­vi­sory told Face­book users that the so­cial net­work­ing site will be charg­ing $4.99 monthly for users con­tin­ued use of the plat­form.

Snopes re­ported that the mes­sages were found to be just hoaxes, say­ing oth­ers used the mes­sages as a trig­ger to ini­ti­ate a script that hi­jacked users’ com­put­ers, while some is to lure clicks that will in­stall mal­wares onto com­put­ers. (MVG)

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