Meta rolls out paid verification option for Facebook, Instagram users
New York (US), March 18: Users in the United States will soon be able to pay to obtain the coveted blue check on their account.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Instagram on Friday that Meta had begun testing a paid verification option for US users of the two social networks. Over the next few weeks, the company intends to gradually roll out the paid option to more US users. Meta Verified, which was first tested in February in Australia and New Zealand, costs USD 11.99 per month on the web and USD 14.99 per month on mobile.
In addition to verification, the option provides benefits such as extra protection against impersonation accounts and direct access to customer support, according to CNN Business.
Customers who want to get the blue badge would need to provide a government ID that matches their profile name and picture to avoid fake accounts. According to CNN Business, users must also be over the age of 18 to be eligible for the new service.
"This new feature is about increasing authenticity and security across our services," Zuckerberg wrote in February.
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