Facebook considers charging users for popular posts


The social networking site is testing a new feature in New Zealand that would make comments more prominent on a user’s newsfeed.

Users in the country thought they were being scammed when presented with the option to “highlight” their posts for $2.

But Facebook confirmed they were trialling the feature, and charging was one of the options they were considering.

Spokeswoman Mia Garlick said: “We’re constantly testing new features across the site.

“This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”

Users who clicked on the option were offered the options to pay through Paypal or by credit card.

Ms Garlick said they were also trialling a free version of the feature in other areas.

Facebook is currently free to use, and the new option could provide a lucrative revenue stream from their 800million active users.

The Sun UK

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The social networking site is testing a new feature in New Zealand that would make comments more prominent on a user’s newsfeed.

Users in the country thought they were being scammed when presented with the option to “highlight” their posts for $2.

But Facebook confirmed they were trialling the feature, and charging was one of the options they were considering.

Spokeswoman Mia Garlick said: “We’re constantly testing new features across the site.

“This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”

Users who clicked on the option were offered the options to pay through Paypal or by credit card.

Ms Garlick said they were also trialling a free version of the feature in other areas.

Facebook is currently free to use, and the new option could provide a lucrative revenue stream from their 800million active users.

The Sun UK

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