Messaging platform on Facebook is the aspect that has undergone through major changes in recent years. Now the well-known social network decided to charge private messages to people that are not in their friends lists. The estimated cost is equal to $ 1. For now, this new policy will be tested only in the U.S. but soon will be applied on other countries.
The announcement comes after a storm of public disapproval focused on continuous changes of the terms of service relating to Instagram, now that Facebook has officially acquired it for $ 1 billion in August of this year.
As part of the changes to messaging, the company is introducing a new series of filters that are designed to help users manage their mailboxes more efficiently. Furthermore this new solution seems to have been taken also to reduce spamming.
The basic filters allow you to receive messages from friends, friends of friends and people we know. Instead setting the most restrictive filters will remove the ability to receive messages from strangers. If for some strange reason, users continue to receive messages from unknown users and filter settings do not prevent, can always count on the options “Move to another” and “Report Spam”.
“Facebook Messages is designed to get the most relevant messages into your Inbox and put less relevant messages into your Other folder. We rely on signals about the message to achieve this goal.
Some of these signals are social – we use social signals such as friend connections to determine whether a message is likely to be one you want to see in your Inbox.
Some of these signals are algorithmic – we use algorithms to identify spam and use broader signals from the social graph, such as friend of friend connections or people you may know, to help determine relevance.
Today we’re starting a small experiment to test the usefulness of economic signals to determine relevance. This test will give a small number of people the option to pay to have a message routed to the Inbox rather than the Other folder of a recipient that they are not connected with.
Several commentators and researchers have noted that imposing a financial cost on the sender may be the most effective way to discourage unwanted messages and facilitate delivery of messages that are relevant and useful.
This test is designed to address situations where neither social nor algorithmic signals are sufficient. For example, if you want to send a message to someone you heard speak at an event but are not friends with, or if you want to message someone about a job opportunity, you can use this feature to reach their Inbox. For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.
This message routing feature is only for personal messages between individuals in the U.S. In this test, the number of messages a person can have routed from their Other folder to their Inbox will be limited to a maximum of one per week.
We’ll continue to iterate and evolve Facebook Messages over the coming months.”
So to cut a long story short, from now on Facebook will charge $1 fee for sending a message to the one, who is not in your contact list. Basically, you need not worry, as for now it is a test to see if people are willing to pay $ 1 for writing to unknown users.
What are your remarks on this new policy?