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It seems that Facebook can’t get enough of testing out ways to add fees to its social services. The network has begun testing another new feature, along with many others tested in the past few months.
The newly tested service, charges users a fee of one dollar to send messages to users outside of their direct friend circle. Facebook explained that users are already able to send messages to those who are not considered in their social contacts, but the message only shows up in a special folder in the users inbox labeled “other.”
To help eliminate the sending of “junk” messages to users that appear in their “other” folder, Facebook believes that adding the fee will keep only relevant messages from being sent.
If a user chooses to pay the fee of a dollar to send a message to someone who is not in their friend circle, the message that they send will show up in the user’s main inbox of messages instead of the “other” folder.
To keep bulk and junk messages out of users mailboxes, only individual users will be able to access this feature if it becomes accessible for all users. This will prevent companies on Facebook from sending out mass messages to random users, clogging up their inboxes.
For now, Facebook is only allowing a small number of U.S. users to test out this feature.