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According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement on Friday, Meta’s paid verification service for Facebook and Instagram is now available in the US. “Meta Verified” offers advantages like a blue verification badge, proactive impersonation protections, and immediate access to customer support, and was first introduced in February in Australia and New Zealand. On the web, the subscription costs $11.99 per month, and on mobile devices, it costs $14.99 per month.
“Meta Verified is rolling out in the US today,” Zuckerberg said on Friday in the Meta Channel on Instagram. “You can obtain a badge, proactive impersonation protection, and immediate access to customer support.”
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Starting today, you can register online for the subscription service and add your name to the waitlist. You must also be at least 18 years old in addition to the monthly fee. Before being permitted to subscribe to Meta Verified, you must complete the verification process and present a government-issued photo ID to prove your identity. Additionally needed is two-factor authentication. Only users who are willing to go through the verification process again will be able to change their profile name, photo, username, or date of birth.
In addition to 100 Facebook Stars per month to support other creators, Meta Verified offers exclusive stickers for Facebook, Instagram Stories, and Facebook Reels.
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Because it was previously only available to public figures like politicians, actors, musicians, athletes, and journalists, the blue checkmark has been a coveted icon on social media platforms. Blue checkmarks should be available to everyone, according to Musk, who has fought against this notion.
Despite choosing not to charge customers for the majority of its services since its inception, it’s obvious that things are shifting. It’s important to note that Meta and Twitter aren’t the only companies to have launched subscription services. Snap also did so last year, and it has since converted 2.5 million users into paying subscribers.
With Meta Verified, the business is following in the footsteps of the newly launched Twitter Blue verification system, which was implemented at the direction of its new owner Elon Musk. However, unlike Twitter, nothing will change for you if you already had a verification badge on Instagram or Facebook before the new Meta Verified system went live. However, despite Musk’s assurances that “legacy” verification badges would be eliminated, they are still in use as of right now.