Social media users gave two thumbs down to news that a formerly free site would charge and make peoples’ posts public. Supposedly, Facebook alerted users in a post of significant upcoming changes. But the Facebook privacy changes and “entry price” warning posts were debunked as hoaxes reported PC Magazine on September 29. The original scam post claimed that Facebook would charge an a $5.99 entry price to maintain a “private” subscription status. It said users must copy and paste a message to their News Feed, posts and deleted messages or all content would become public.
Facebook posted an assurance that the fake warning was just so much hot air. “While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet today, Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!” The post may have been tongue-in-cheek but it gave users serious comfort. In general, users are getting scam-savvy, but some, like this, appeared more legit. And Facebook won’t remove stories users report as false, nor do they review sham posts for accuracy. Users were left to worry, wonder and await confirmation from on high!