Fact or fiction: Digital edition

There have been a ton of noteworthy things happening in the digital space over the last couple weeks (Mr Zuckerberg goes to Washington). While the Cambridge Analytica data sale fills headlines, it is far from the only thing happening in the digital space. It seems that as fast as the news hits, the rumors aren’t far behind. Here are three things that have had the internet buzzing recently and a breakdown of what is fact, what is fiction and what it all means for you.

Facebook is going to start charging users: FACT and FICTION

Nothing is official yet but during his testimony in front of a Senate hearing, many tech watchers noticed that Mark Zuckerberg seemed to use very intentional language about a future Facebook plan to offer a paid version of the platform. The Facebook founder answered a question from Senator Orrin Hatch by saying, “Yes, there will always be a version of Facebook that is free.” Many analysts took that to mean that a paid version is, at a minimum, in the planning stages. There have long been rumors of a paid ad-free version of the social media giant. Zuckerberg’s language seemed to reinforce that idea. Many in the digital world said this wasn’t an off-the-cuff remark as the question was one that was expected and that Zuckerberg would have prepared for. However, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says they plan to stick by their ad-based model. So this one can’t be clearly labeled as fact or fiction and is, instead, a wait and see.

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