New York Daily News: By Theresa Braine – Parent company Meta is testing a new verification service called Meta Verified in New Zealand and Australia, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Sunday.
“This week we’re starting to roll out Meta Verified – a subscription service that lets you verify your account with a government ID, get a blue badge, get extra impersonation protection against accounts claiming to be you, and get direct access to customer support,” Zuckerberg said on Instagram.
“This new feature is about increasing authenticity and security across our services. Meta Verified starts at $11.99/month on web or $14.99/month on iOS,” he continued. “We’ll be rolling out in Australia and New Zealand this week and more countries soon.”
Users will also get exclusive stickers for Stories and Reels, as well as 100 free stars – Facebook’s version of currency. Meta says the goal is to grant users “increased visibility and reach.”
Users who are already verified, as well as public figures, will be grandfathered in and won’t have to pay. Meta Verified is tailored more toward those who are not notable public figures and who use social media for their business, including influencers.
“We are evolving the meaning of the blue badge to focus on authenticity so we can expand verification access to more people,” a Meta spokesperson told CNN. “We will display follower count in more places so people can distinguish which accounts are notable public figures among accounts that share the same name.”
After taking over Twitter, Elon Musk, opted to charge users who want to be verified $8 per month.
Starting next month, Twitter will begin charging for its two-factor authentication safeguard, the company announced last week.
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Top Feature Photo: Facebook and Instagram users who want that little blue checkmark of authenticity may soon have to shell out about $12 a month for the web and $15 for iPhone and Android