Mark Zuckerberg Announces ‘Meta Verified’ For Facebook And Instagram

Shouldn’t verification services stay free-of-charge?

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Sunday, February 19, 2023, that the company will offer a premium subscription service called “Meta Verified.”

The subscription plan will authenticate users with a blue badge to reflect their status.

Meta Verified allows users to confirm identities on Facebook and Instagram. Recently, Elon Musk’s Twitter also announced giving out paid verification services.

Meta will release the subscription plan this week in Australia and New Zealand. The company has yet to announce when the subscription will be available in other countries.

The subscription will also feature extra protection against impersonation and prioritized customer service.

Zuckerberg refers to it as “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.”

He adds that the company aims to improve “authenticity and security” across its platforms.

Although Meta Verified may seem like “Twitter Blue,” the latter has more benefits. Twitter offers bookmark folders, a 30-minute edit window for tweets, NFT profile images, unique navigation and app icons, prioritized rankings in chats, and lengthier video uploads.

Twitter Blue subscribers are able to tweet up to 4,000 characters. They also have the option to activate an SMS two-factor authentication for logins.

The verification plan will cost $11.99 monthly on the web or $14.99 on Apple’s iOS and Android systems.

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