Facebook’s has applied changes to its messaging service that now includes an optional payment scheme, a system that Gmail and other emailing service providers offer free of charge.
Last week, the social networking giant introduced in a post on its official newsroom website that some users can start sending messages to other Facebook users who are not on their friends list for just a dollar.
Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo! and other emailing services need a person’s email address but do not require users to pay the $1 fee that Facebook will ask from its members.
Facebook contends its principle went through a deliberation between several commentators and investigators who remarked that the enforcement of a fee on the sender probably is the most efficient method to deter undesirable messages and eases up the delivery of useful and relevant messages.
The firm believes its new inbox management system will stop spammers from filling up inboxes with thousands of messages by filtering out these users’ to the “Other” folder, where less relevant messages reside, rather than in the main Inbox folder.
Unless Facebook has other pressing reasons to impose the scheme, it will simply be another front to make money from its millions of users, an easy deduction from a company rapidly losing shares since its overhyped $1 billion initial public offering (IPO) earlier this year.