Facebook Starts Testing Pay-To-Message Service — Stalkers And Spammers Rejoice

Here’s a good piece of news for the stalkers of the world. At the official Facebook blog, the social media site announced their plans to start testing a new messaging system.

Previously, unwanted messages sent to you were routed to your profile’s “Other” folder, which filtered spam and non-friend direct messages.

The new messaging format will allow people to send you messages, regardless of whether you are friends or not.  Facebook writes:

“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.”

Facebook’s test messaging system will now allow anyone to send you a message if they pay a fee for it first.

Facebook justifies this test feature, writing, “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.”

Of course, the best way to “discourage unwanted messages” would be to not allow them or filter them into a specified spam folder, maybe one named “Other.” By giving any lunatic the option to pay for direct messages, Facebook is opening the floodgates for every unwanted suitor, stalker and aggressor.

Facebook explains how this new system could benefit message receivers by writing, “For the receiver, this test allows them to hear from people who have an important message to send them.”

Of course, this means that Facebook is expecting every message sent through this pay-to-send service will be an important one. Nothing like, “Hey, you didn’t give me your number but I’m contacting you anyways because you’re hot.”

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