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Facebook to test paid messaging service

5:58 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - To get a message to people on Facebook, you either have to be that person's friend - or have your message put in a part of their Inbox marked "other."

Lots of people ignore the "other" part of their Inbox because it often contains spam or other unwanted messages. But now Facebook is testing a service that will charge some users to make sure messages to non-friended users end up in their inboxes, not "other."

The cost per message is $1. And Facebook says the new service will make it possible to make sure a person you want to reach gets your message - and charging for it could help discourage spammers.

The Associated Press

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