Recently, Facebook has been testing the feature of sending messages to strangers for a fee. Initially, the social network offered this feature for as low as $1. Now, users are reporting that Facebook is asking users to pay $100 if they wish to send a message to the regular inbox of a stranger.
You have no need to panic, though. At least not yet. The $100 charge is part of the testing that Facebook is carrying out to see what would be an ideal price point for the feature. From the looks of it, it can be anything between $1 and $100.
The option pops up when you try to send a message to a person who is not in your contacts. The option says ‘Send this message to his/her inbox for $100’ or ‘Just send this message to his/her Other folder.’
Naturally, most users would prefer sending a message to the regular inbox of the users so that it gets to be visible on top of other, older messages. However, it remains to be seen how users are going to react when Facebook starting filtering all such messages, save those that are paid.
The company has cited that currently, it is testing ‘some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam.’ So far, it hasn’t shared the exact response of the users to the feature. However, implementing a kind of a paywall on sending messages to strangers does make it look as if Facebook is taking things too far in order to make enough money.
Courtesy: The Verge