Facebook ‘to consider monthly fee to use add-free version of site’


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised there would always be free version of Facebook (Picture: MEGA)

Facebook users could be given the option of paying a monthly fee to avoid adverts.

Recent controversies about targeted advertisements, especially political messages, has led the social media giant to consider a new ad-free version.

Facebook currently has 1.5 billion users and has always been free but could be planning to follow music streaming service Spotify and others which allows customers to pay a subscription to avoid adverts.

The Sun reported Facebook are undertaking market research concerning an ad-free subscription service.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which customers private data was shared with the marketing firm, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke to the House of Congress.

epa06662244 CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on 'Facebook: Transparency and Use of Consumer Data' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 11 April 2018. Zuckerberg is testifying before the second of two Congressional hearings this week regarding Facebook allowing third-party applications to collect the data of its users without their permission and for the company's response to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Mark Zuckerberg testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee was one of the most watched hearings of the year  (Picture: EPA)

He said: ‘There will always be a version of Facebook that is free. It is our mission to try to help connect everyone around the world and bring the world closer together. In order to do that, we believe we need to deliver a service that everyone can afford.’

Facebook user Fiona Shea has noticed the increasing amounts of adverts on the site.

She said: ‘I am so sick of constantly removing adverts from my Facebook feed, and Instagram. It’s as if the site is no longer about social networking and connecting with people, but more a tool for advertising and selling services.

‘It’s a shame. Facebook seems to take information from anything you scroll over, click on or like. Dumps a random topic into your ad preferences, and then spams away.’

Metro.co.uk has approached Facebook for a comment.

Source: http://metro.co.uk

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