Facebook is testing out a feature where users would have to pay to contact someone who is not yet their Facebook friend. Facebook announced that they are currently testing this feature in a blog post. Other features that Facebook announced was new inbox filtering. The pay-to-message feature will supposedly discourage spam messages.
Facebook said that “imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.” I say that it is a shady way for Facebook to make more money.
The fee imposed on people would start at $1 and increase from there. I think that Facebook users should deal with spam themselves like they do on Gmail. Facebook gave an example of a situation where someone hears a speaker at an event that they want to contact directly. If that person pays the Facebook fee, then the message will be sent to that speaker’s inbox directly.
Facebook said that the feature would allow users “hear from people who have an important message to send them.” The beta testing of this program is currently happening in the U.S. for a limited number of users.
Facebook is going to start offering two types of filters. The two types of filtering includes basic filtering and strict filtering. The basic filtering option is a standard spam control feature and the strict filtering option allows for a larger control of the messages that they receive.
If you choose Basic filtering, you will see messages from friends and people that are up to friends of friends in your Inbox. Strict filtering allows you to block certain degrees of people.