By Gabriel Ani Jr.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is set to charge its users for blue tick verification on Facebook and Instagram.
Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder and CEO of Meta, made the announcement in a post via his verified Facebook handle on Sunday.
According to official statement from Facebook founder, the service will roll out in Australia and New Zealand this week and more countries expected to follow suit soon.
The subscription starts from $11.99 on the web and $14.99 per month on IOS platforms, paid users can easily get verified with an official government identification card.
This is coming after Twitter made its coveted blue verification check mark a purchasable item, leading to utter chaos on the platform for a while, Meta appears to be considering the same as well. Yes, the Twitter Blue approach for making people pay for verification could be in the pipeline at Facebook and Instagram too.
The subscription bundle for Facebook and Instagram is expected to add extra layer of security to profiles on both platforms.