by William Moultrie
Columbia, SC – Nikki Haley was the first governor to win the South Carolina highest office in the age of Facebook so when she heard rumors of the service charging it’s users, she immediately jumped into the fray.
“I think this is an outrage,” declared Haley at a hastily-called press conference. “I have it on good authority from more than one of my Facebook friends that the service will be charging a fee to users who want to remain on the service once the new changes have been rolled out and I’m not going to stand for it.”
Haley didn’t offer specific proposals to deal with the situation, but an unnamed source close to the governor suggested that she would be looking into a number of remedies including charging Facebook to operate in South Carolina.
The governor posted the following statement her Facebook page:
This is an outrage – I will not let this happen… FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO…IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY
The governor privately acknowledged that she had heard some feedback that the price increase was a hoax, but that she trusted her sources more than the “tabloid journalists” in South Carolina.