Facebook To Charge $1 To Message A Non-Friend

12/21/12 11:40AM EST

facebook Facebook To Charge $1 To Message A Non FriendIn 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 β€œother,” which is generally filled with spam-like messages that most users ignore.

β€œFor 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. β€œFor 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.

β€œSeveral 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.