Instagram and Facebook to Get Paid-for Verification
March 3, 2023
If you want to have the blue mark verification on your social networks, such as Instagram and Facebook, according to Meta, now you can do it only by paying.
According to what has been said according to Meta, Meta Verified will cost $11.99 (£9.96) a month on the web, or $14.99 for iPhone users.
Where will be it available:
At the moment it is understood that this option to pay for your blue mark verification will be available in Australia and New Zealand.
By paying for the subscription that is offered by the blue flag verification, the paying users will be able to have a blue badge. This option gives the user greater visibility into their posts, protection against phishing, and easier access to customer service, Meta announced in a post on its website.
In addition, it was also seen that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, said that the move to have blue mark verification will improve security and authenticity in social networking applications. This was achieved after Elon Musk, owner of Twitter, implemented the Twitter Blue premium subscription in November 2022, therefore, the other platforms are choosing to also include this option for their users.
Keep in mind that badges, or “blue marks”, have been used as verification tools for high-profile accounts to indicate their authenticity in most cases for a long time. And on the other hand, it should be known that this new Meta paid subscription service, for its social networks such as Instagram and Facebook, is not yet available to companies, but any individual can pay for verification.
Is this a good option?
The truth is that the payment verification function, for example on Twitter, was stopped last November, since many of the people who are users began to impersonate big brands and celebrities by paying for the badge, this actually causes a great deal of problem in different social network communities.
This new option would not affect previously verified accounts, however Meta pointed out to the BBC that this would increase visibility for some smaller users who get verified thanks to the paid feature.
However, in order to have this option and pay for it, it is important to meet some requirements:
- The usernames of both Instagram and Facebook must match an identification document.
- The identification document must be provided by the government for verification to be granted.
- Users will need to have a profile photo that includes their face in order to be verified.
When will this option be available?
According to what Zuckerberg said in a post, the option would be “soon” enabled. However, Meta has not yet specified when the feature will be rolled out in other countries.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so many say, plus Elon Musk’s experiment has shown that people are still willing to pay for an improved experience. Therefore, after criticizing Elon Musk for introducing a paid level on the Twitter social network, it turns out that his colleagues from other social networks were closely watching what was happening with this feature.
Also, it’s important to understand that free-to-use digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, where you think you’re not actually paying for the product, the truth is that the product is you, because the data they collect from your activities on the platforms, they are sold to sell you things in the form of advertisements.
Despite the fact that this is the case, Apple has included a function that you can use so that social networks, platforms and apps do not steal or take your information and data, this option is also available for some Android users, if you want, you can check for more information by clicking this link.