When you become “Meta Verified,” you’ll receive a blue badge in addition to various other advantages, such as increased visibility, protection against impersonation, prioritized customer assistance, and more
For $11.99 per month on the web and $14.99 per month on mobile, Meta is trying premium verification for Facebook and Instagram. A “Meta Verified” account would give users a verified badge, more visibility on the platforms, priority customer assistance, and other benefits, according to an update from Instagram CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This week, the function will launch in Australia and New Zealand; additional nations will follow “soon.”
This week, Zuckerberg writes, “we’re starting to roll out Meta Verified, a membership service that allows you acquire a blue badge, further impersonation protection from accounts claiming to be you, and direct access to customer support.” With this new function, we hope to improve the legitimacy and security of all of our services.
You must fulfill minimum activity requirements, be at least 18 years of age, and produce a government ID that matches your name and profile picture on Facebook or Instagram in order to sign up to become Meta Verified. The new service sounds a lot like Elon Musk’s $8 monthly Twitter Blue, but Meta points out that it won’t affect accounts that have already been verified using the prior standards set by the firm, such as notability and authenticity.
Those who join up for the service will also receive 100 free stars per month, which can be used as virtual currency to tip Facebook producers, in addition to unique stickers for Stories and Reels. In addition, Meta states that changing your profile name, username, birthday, or profile photo would require a new verification process and that businesses cannot currently apply for a Meta Verified badge.
In the long run, Meta said in a blog post, “we aim to establish a subscription service that’s valuable to everyone, including creators, businesses, and our community at large.” In order to increase verification access and give more people confidence that the accounts they deal with are legitimate, we are expanding the meaning of the verified badge as part of this strategy.
The service will cost $19.99 AUD on the online and $24.99 AUD on mobile when it launches in Australia and New Zealand this week, or $23.99 NZD on the web and $29.99 NZD on mobile. The higher price on iOS and Android is perhaps an attempt to make up for the commission that is charged by both Apple and Google on in-app purchases.
Facebook users have something to say about the prioritized customer support for “Meta Verified” subscribers, direct access to customer support is the real value of the subscription, while a user also have said that direct access to customer support should have been part of the core product from the start. Mark Zuckerberg directly replied to the comment saying that, “verifying government ID’s and providing direct support to millions of Facebook users costs significant amount of money”.
Rumors about the service first surfaced earlier this month when a report from TechCrunch shared references to paid verification in Instagram’s source code. Social media consultant Matt Navarra later posted what appears to be a support page for paid verification on either the Australian or New Zealand-based version of Instagram.
Having said that, it’s challenging to deny the similarities between Twitter Blue, which Musk recently relaunched, and Meta’s new checkmark membership. Although we still don’t know what those additional safeguards are against fake accounts, it appears that Meta is taking account authenticity a little more seriously because it still asks users to provide government-issued identification (much like the old Twitter verification process did) and because it purports to offer additional protections against them. So let’s hope it won’t result in the influx of phony verified accounts that Twitter experienced last year.