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Meta testing subscription service for Instagram and Facebook

Meta Platforms on Sunday announced that it is testing a monthly subscription service, called Meta Verified, which will let users verify their accounts using a government ID and get a blue badge, Reuters reported.

The subscription bundle for Instagram and Facebook, to be launched later this week, also includes extra protection against impersonation and will be priced starting at $11.99 per month on the web or $14.99 a month on Apple’s iOS system and Android, the statement said.

  • Meta Verified will be rolled out in Australia and New Zealand this week, with gradual launches in other countries to follow.

Meta’s move follows a similar move by Twitter, which announced last month that Twitter Blue will be priced at $11 per month.

  • The social media giant earlier froze its plan to charge $8 per month for blue check verification on accounts, in response to increasing numbers of fake and spam accounts.

Twitter has also launched a new authentication scheme for users. The new scheme includes a gold checkmark for companies, a grey checkmark for government accounts, and a blue checkmark for individuals.

Source: Arutz Sheva