Users of Facebook and Instagram will soon pay to have their accounts verified, Meta has communicated.
This was relayed in a Facebook post by its owner, Mark Zuckerberg.
This comes after Twitter rolled out the same initiative in December 2022 when Elon Musk took over as the sole owner of the micro-blogging app.
On Twitter, users that sign up on an iOS device will have to pay $11 per month – or $132 per year – to get their own blue checkmark, or alternatively, can pay $8 per month to sign up on the web.
On Sunday, Zuckerberg said account holders will have to pay $11.99 per month on web or $14.99 per month on iOS to get verified.
He said this will take effect this week, however, the specific date was not communicated.
It will be rolled out first in Australia and New Zealand this week and in more countries soon, he said.
“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.”
Elon Musk reacted to this under a tweet about the development saying, it was “inevitable”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 19, 2023
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini