After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress and said "there will always be a version of Facebook that is free," many people have been asking us if the social media platform will start charging users to be on the website.
The confusion comes from an old Facebook message that is recirculating once again after Zuckerberg appeared before Congress.
In the message from "Mark the Director of Facebook", it claims using Facebook will cost people money. The message promises a free Facebook if you send the message to 18 different people. It's a common chain letter tactic that promises something if you share it with a certain amount of people you know.
"This 'Message from Facebook' is completely false," said Emily Dean, a social media expert. "This has been circulating for several years around Facebook and it's probably bubble up to the surface now because Mark Zuckerberg has been testifying about some of the things that have happened on Facebook recently."
Later on during the testimony, Zuckerberg admitted that some have suggested a paid version of the website but he said that "the ads model is the right one for us."
"If it gets to the point where users don't want to see ads on Facebook there could perhaps be a version that has cost associated with it, but he was very clear in saying there will always be a free version. So I wouldn't worry about getting kicked out of Facebook quite yet," Dean said.
Dean explained that if you still had doubts you could go to Facebook's help page to find more information.
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