Elon Musk has paved the way and Mark Zuckerberg has followed suit. After taking over Twitter as it’s new owner and CEO, Elon Musk launched a monthly subscription service for verified accounts to allow account holders get the blue verification mark at a fee.
Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg has followed Mark’s steps and rolling out same service in Australia and New Zealand, then add more countries later.
In a Facebook post by Mark, he announced that his outfit will start rolling out Meta Verified subscription service and to allow account holders obtain the blue badge with a government-issued-ID. According to Mark, this service won’t only provide users with the blue badge but would provide an extra impersonation protection and also grant users direct access to customer support.
Below is the full text of the announcement Mark shared on Facebook:
Good morning and new product announcement: this week we’re starting to roll out Meta Verified — a subscription service that lets you verify your account with a government ID, get a blue badge, get extra impersonation protection against accounts claiming to be you, and get direct access to customer support. This new feature is about increasing authenticity and security across our services. Meta Verified starts at $11.99 / month on web or $14.99 / month on iOS. We’ll be rolling out in Australia and New Zealand this week and more countries soon.
Mark Zuckerberg, however, did not mention if normal free verification would continue along with the paid-subscription.