Facebook admins could charge monthly subscription fees for groups

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Facebook has announced that it will let group administrators start charging a monthly fee for access to certain groups.

Fees will range from $4.99 to $29.99(USD) a month, according to The Verge.

In a release from Facebook, it said, "Group admins build safe and supportive communities that people come back to every day.

"We know that admins invest their time and energy to maintain their groups, and some have told us that they would like tools to help them continue to invest in their community and offer more to members."

Many admins already do this, by creating additional subscribers-only groups that sit alongside existing groups and rely on other tools to collect payments.

Sarah Mueller started a group called Declutter My Home as a way to inspire and motivate others to tidy up their apartment or house and wants to support her work.

"With the new Organize My Home subscription group, I will be able to provide this new community with more interactive ways to having an organised home like mini-projects, group challenges, trainings, and live Q&A, while still keeping the original group as a robust community for getting free advice and motivation," she told Facebook.

Facebook says the group pilot testing will help them to understand how members feel about subscriptions and help admins offer more to their members and continue to invest in their communities.