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Facebook Tests Charging to Route Messages to Inbox

Posted at: 12/20/2012 5:25 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Facebook says it is testing a service that will charge users $1 to guarantee that messages they send to people they are not connected to arrive in users' inboxes, rather than in an often-ignored folder called "other."

The "other" folder is where Facebook routes messages it deems less relevant. Not quite spam, these include messages from people you most likely don't know, based on Facebook's reading of your social connections. Many users ignore this folder.

Now, users will be able to pay $1 to route their messages to non-friends. Facebook said Thursday that it is testing the service with a small percentage of individuals - not businesses - in the U.S.

The company says charging for messages could help discourage spammers.

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