What if we paid for Facebook - instead of letting it spy on us for free?

Let's play the Price is Right. What's a Facebook membership worth? US$7 per month? US$5? US$1?

It's a trick question because Facebook has always been free. But what if there was a way you could pay to remove the eerie targeted ads, stop it from tracking every little thing you do and make your data more secure? Call it "Facebook Plus". Anyone peeved about the social network's recent privacy lapses might scoff at the idea of handing Facebook money.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'What if we paid for Facebook - instead of letting it spy on us for free?'. Print Edition | Subscribe