Instagram and Facebook charge a subscription fee for account verification

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this Sunday “Meta Verified,” a monthly subscription that allows Instagram and Facebook users to get their account verified with a blue badge, among other things.

The Facebook founder also noted that this annual subscription will cost between $11.99 and $14.99 and will also provide users with “extra protection against identity theft”.

The first countries to get this subscription this week are “Australia and New Zealand”.

The measure will come “soon” in more countries, Zuckerberg said via Instagram.

Neither Meta nor Zuckerberg have stated whether users who are already verified will lose their blue badges if they don’t pay this monthly fee.

This measure is similar to the “Twitter Blue” plan that Elon Musk is implementing in his social network.

In this case, “Twitter Blue” subscribers also have an edit button – something that Meta’s social networks offer for free – and more characters in their tweets.

Since Twitter implemented this new system, several account impersonation issues have been observed, both for public figures who are alive and those who have already passed away.

Source: El heraldo