Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced “Meta Verified,” a monthly subscription in which Instagram and Facebook users can get their account verified with a blue badge, among other benefits.
The Facebook founder also noted that this annual subscription will cost between $11.99 and $14.99 and that it will also offer users “additional protection against identity theft.”
The first countries to get this subscription this week will be “Australia and New Zealand”. The measure will arrive “soon” in more countries, according to Zuckerberg indicated via Instagram.
Neither Meta nor Zuckerberg indicated whether users who are already verified will lose their blue badges if they don’t pay this monthly fee.
This measure is similar to the “Twitter Blue” plan that Elon Musk is implementing in his social network.
In this case, “Twitter Blue” subscribers also have an edit button -something that Meta’s social networks have been offering for free- and more characters in their tweets.
Since Twitter implemented this new system, various account impersonation problems have been seen, both for public figures who are alive and for those who have already died.
Source: Euronews Español