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Publish Date21/12/2012 11:43:30 AM

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Facebook tests charging $1 fee for sending massages

Facebook began on Thursday testing a $1 fee for massages sent to someone outside their network, in a move that may reduce span but shows that the social network is looking for new sources of revenues and profits.

Facebook is now testing a solution to help messages sent to strangers to into the regular “inbox” even when the person is not in the sender`s circle of friends, rather than going into an “other” folder, which is usually ignored.

The California-based social network believes that such a fee could help discourage spammers and might be useful in certain situations, but for now the test was limited to a small number of users in the U.S.

“For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them”, said Facebook in a statement, pointing out it could be helpful for people who want to contact someone about a job for example.

Facebook also made an update to its messaging feature to add new filtering options for the inbox. With the Strict Filtering, the massages received in the inbox will be limited to those from your friends only.

In October, Facebook unveiled a feature that charges $7 to make personal posts more visible in their contacts` newsfeeds, showing that Facebook is under growing pressure to tap new sources of revenue as its share dropped to $27.36 this week from $38 in May.

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