Facebook Starts Charging Users To Access Groups Which Could Cost As Much As $30 A Month


In this photo illustration a girl browses the social networking site Facebook on July 10, 2007 in London, England. Facebook has been rapidly catching up on MySpace as the premier social networking website and as of July 2007 was the secondmost visited such site on the World Wide Web. Started by 22 year old Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, the website is responsible for 1% of all internet traffic and is the sixth most visited site in the USA.

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Do you love being in your favorite Facebook groups such as communities dedicated to sloth memes or avocado toast or Trader Joe’s or depression pizza or Buffy the Vampire Slayer or pimple-popping or the Jonathan Taylor Thomas Appreciation Society? Well, we’ve got some bad news for you, you may soon have to pay a monthly fee to check out your Facebook group and it could be as much as $30!

Facebook is testing out a new option that will allow group administrators to charge members to be part of the group. In a blog post, Facebook announced their new “subscription groups” that will charge users to access exclusive content in the community. Group administrators can charge Facebook users a monthly fee between $4.99 to $29.99 to join the group.

Previously, all groups on Facebook were free to use. As of right now, Facebook will not take a cut of this action. The “Grown and Flown Parents” group is creating a “College Admissions and Affordability” group that will provide college prep and advice from college counselors for $29.99 per month. The social network is hoping that the possibility to make some coin off a Facebook group will motivate users to create high-quality content for their groups with videos, tutorials, and professional advice. Hopefully that Facebook group dedicated to cover songs of Africa’s “Toto” doesn’t start charging you.

[TheVerge]

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