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Facebook stays free

tech reviews Updated: Jan 18, 2010 18:14 IST

Facebook

Is

Facebook

going to become a paid service? No, says the popular social networking site, alarmed by its users falling prey to the rumour. A site spokesperson clarified, “We have no plans to charge users for

Facebook’

s basic services. Facebook is free for its 350 million users.”



It is uncertain where and how the rumour started, but last week users started getting messages that they would be charged $14.99 (Rs 685) per month starting July 2010. Several groups cropped up protesting the move. One such group ‘I will refuse to pay for FaceBook’, fetched over 60,000 members, while another ‘300,000 members needed to stop

Facebook

from charging £/$14.99 a month’ already has 458,041 members. “Let’s all stick together and let them know we will leave

Facebook

if they decide to charge us to use it,” said the message on both sites.



Interestingly, a group ‘Sorry, guys, there’s no fire.

Facebook

is not going paid,’ that has sprung up in the wake of the

Facebook

clarification, has only 9 members so far.