In an announcement posted yesterday on his social media feeds, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Meta, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram, announced that he was launching a subscription service called Meta Verified, which will be available in the near future.
"Good morning and a new product announcement: this week we are starting the introduction of Meta Verified - a subscription service that allows you to verify your account with an official ID, get a blue badge, get extra anti-fraud protection against accounts impersonating you, and get direct access to customer support.
This new feature serves to increase authenticity and security in all our services. Meta Verified will cost $11.99 per month on the web or $14.99 per month on iOS. This week we will launch the subscription in Australia and New Zealand, and soon in other countries," -Mark wrote.
On Facebook's home page, the company proudly displayed the slogan "Free and Always Will Be" for years, but in 2019, the slogan was silently removed by the company as a result of changes to the company's policies. There was a suggestion at the time that this could be attributed to the value of users' personal data, meaning that the site could never be truly free for users.
The subscriber will receive a badge on Facebook and Instagram informing their friends that they have been verified, will receive security protection for their account (to protect against identity theft), will have access to customer service and will have greater visibility online.
Individual subscribers must be at least 18 years of age, but company accounts are not allowed to subscribe. It would be mandatory for users to submit official identification documents to prove their identity in order for them to qualify for Meta Verified.
In addition, subscribers would only be allowed to use their official names on their profiles as they qualify for Meta Verified. "The service will expand to the United States in the next few weeks," a Meta spokeswoman said..