Facebook dismisses rumours of charging plans
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Posted 14 February 2010 - 08:58 AM
Facebook has denied claims that it has plans to charge people to use the site, despite the increasing popularity of two groups which believe the opposite. Both groups collectively have nearly 200,000 members and believe that the site will soon begin charging somewhere in the region of £14.99 for use of the social network.
The more popular group, entitled: “We will not pay to use Facebook – we are gone if this happens”, now has over 140,000 members and aims to get 300,000 members to sign its petition. “This is a petition to stop Facebook from charging £/$14.99 a month starting from July 2010.
“Because of Facebook's huge popularity, Mark Zuckerberg [founder and chief] is getting a lot of offers from people wanting to buy Facebook - people who WILL turn it into a paysite. “Let’s all stick together on this one and let them know that we will leave Facebook if they decide to charge us to use it," says the group's manifesto.
However, Facebook flat out deny the claims. A spokesman for the company said: “We have no plans to charge users for Facebook's basic services. Facebook is a free service for its 350 million users.”
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