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Facebook test of the administrators group costs for access

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Several times over the years, hoaxes have surfaced claim that Facebook would be charging for access. Now, that is a kind of actually happens with Facebook groups.

The social network on Wednesday said that the control of a feature that allows group administrators to the payment of the membership fee for access to exclusive content. At this point, Facebook is testing this feature with “a small number of groups.”

“We hear of group admins that they are looking for ways to help them to earn money to deepen engagement with their members and their communities,” Facebook groups Product Director Alex Kke wrote in a blog post. He pointed out that the administrators group can already make the subscribers-only groups, and the use of third-party tools to collect payments.

Facebook created subscription groups to “make it easier for admins to have these experiences with built-in programs and save them time so they can focus on offering members-only content,” Sef wrote.

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A recently launched subscription group called Organizing My House, for example, is charging $14.99 per month for access to the “mini-projects, group challenges, exercises and live Q&A” to help with home organization, according to admin Sarah Müller-elektronik gmbh&. Others have Grown and Flown Parents: College admissions and Affordability, which provides access to the college counselors to help the parents of high school students navigate the college application process, and meal planning Central Premium offers weekly meal plans and grocery lists organized by grocery store.

“As we learn from this pilot and to understand how the members of the group feel about the subscription groups, we will continue to improve this experience to help you admins to offer more to their members and continue to invest in their communities,” Sef wrote.

Facebook users can log in and manage their subscriptions for members-only groups through the Facebook app for iOS or Android.

Facebook is the rental of the administrators group will cost between $4.99 and $29.99 per month, according to TechCrunch. The report notes that Facebook is not the taking of a portion of the sales during this process, but may eventually go and ask for a reduction.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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