By this time, you might have received tons of forwarded messages in your Messenger with the text “Hi I’m Mark, the Director of Facebook. Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings are real. Facebook use will cost money…etc.”. Well, according to Snopes.com, one of the most trusted information sources on the internet known for fast-checking information and urban legends, the message is a hoax which has been in circulation since 2011 and the latest version was in September 2017.

Here’s a snapshot of the portion of the message.

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Accordingly, you can also verify this via Facebook help page which in September 2017 answered the question “Does it cost money to use Facebook? Is it true that Facebook is going to charge to use the site?” into:

No. Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.

A lot of netizens took some effort in forwarding the hoax message. The hoax was rekindled after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently appeared before a US senate hearing regarding the usage of personal data by Facebook in relation to the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data breach.

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