Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday announced “Meta Verified,” a monthly subscription in which users of Instagram and Facebook (NASDAQ:GOAL) will be able to get their account verified with a blue badge, among other benefits.
The founder of Facebook has explained -in the social network Instagram- that this annual subscription will cost between 11.99 and 14.99 dollars and that, in addition, it will offer users “additional protection against identity theft”.
The first countries to get this subscription this week will be “Australia and New Zealand,” he said.
The move will come “soon” to more countries, according to Zuckerberg.
Neither Meta nor Zuckerberg have specified whether users who are already verified will lose their blue badges if they do not pay this monthly payment.
This move resembles Twitter’s plan (NYSE:TWTR) Blue” that Elon Musk is implanting in his social network.
In this case, “Twitter Blue” subscribers also have an edit button – something that Meta’s social networks have long offered for free – and more characters in their tweets.
Since Twitter implemented this new system, there have been several problems of account impersonation, both of public figures who are alive and those who have already died.