Facebook To Charge $1 To Message A Non-Friend
In an effort to curb spammers, Facebook is testing a service that will charge users $1 to send a message those outside their friends list and guarantee the message ends up in their inboxes. Currently, when a message is sent to a non-friend, it is routed into folder called “other,” which is generally filled with spam-like messages that most users ignore.
“For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox,” Facebook said in an online post. “For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.”
The new service is being tested with a small group of individuals, but no businesses, in the US. Facebook hopes that charging for messages will discourage spammers.
“Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful,” the company said.