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Facebook has started charging UK users up to £11 to send messages to celebrities and other people outside their circle of friends.
It has just launched a test scheme in the UK with fees ranging from as much as £10.68 to contact a celebrity such as Olympic swimmer Tom Daley.
It costs a standard 71p to contact less well-known figures, such as BBC's Robert Peston or Prince Harry's girlfriend Cressida Bonas, who do not have an official army of fans or followers.
Facebook confirmed the experiment but said it did not know yet whether it would be implemented across the social network.Facebook Experiments With Celebrity Messaging Charges In the UK of Up To £11 each [guardian.co.uk]