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Facebook Fee Notice Is A Hoax. Like All The Other Times It's Come Up.

09/28/2015 10:24 EDT | Updated 09/28/2015 10:59 EDT

No, Facebook is not charging you to keep a private profile.

No, your posts will not suddenly become public by tomorrow.

So stop copying and pasting messages like this. Right. Now.

"Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to "private". If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste. As of September 28 2015 1146 am Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement atleast once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste."

Social media users have reported a recent uptick in Facebook statuses that warn people they'll have to pay a fee to keep their profile pages private — that is, hidden from the general public.

This also happened in January, The New York Times reported. And it was a hoax both times.

Snopes.com shows that similar versions of the same message have circulated on Facebook going all the way back to December 2009.

Back then, it implored people to visit a protest site against the supposed charges. And it only turned out to be an invitation for malware to try and install itself on your computer.

Facebook makes it patently clear that it will never charge for its basic services right here.

The only items that cost money on the social network relate to apps, games and other functions, it said in an FAQ section.

And, of course, you also have to pay for data to use it on your mobile phone.

So, say it with us.

Facebook is not charging for its basic services.

It will never charge for its basic services.

That means we're never going to see this kind of message crop up again, right?

Thank you.

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