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Business News/ Technology / News/  Meta Verified for FB & Instagram users launched in US: What is it & how it works
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Meta Verified for FB & Instagram users launched in US: What is it & how it works

The company said that the feature will help creators to establish a presence so they can focus on building their communities on Instagram or Facebook.

Price of Meta Verified starts at USD 11.99 ( ₹989) a month on the webPremium
Price of Meta Verified starts at USD 11.99 ( 989) a month on the web

Facebook and Instagram users in the US will soon be able to buy the blue check on their account. Announcng via a post, Meta said “We’re testing Meta Verified, a new subscription bundle that includes account verification with impersonation protections and access to increased visibility and support."

The company plans to gradually roll out the paid option to more US users over the next few weeks.

Meta first started testing Meta Verified in Australia and New Zealand in February. Meta Verified starts at USD 11.99 ( 989) a month on the web or USD 14.99 ( 1,237) a month on mobile. In addition to verification, the option offers perks such as extra protection from impersonation accounts and direct access to customer support, CNN Business reported.

To avoid fake accounts, customers who want to get the blue badge would need to provide a government ID which matches their profile name and picture. Age limit for the Meta Verified is 18 and above.

"This new feature is about increasing authenticity and security across our services," Zuckerberg wrote in February in an Instagram broadcast channel.

Meta joins other platforms, like Discord, Reddit and YouTube, which have their own subscription-based models. CNN Business said Twitter relaunched its own verification subscription service, Twitter Blue, in December, after an onset of fake "verified" accounts forced it to pull the feature. Twitter Blue costs USD 11 a month for iOS and Android subscribers, part of owner Elon Musk's attempt to raise its subscriptions business after buying the platform for USD 44 billion.

For Meta, the move offers the promise of another revenue stream beyond advertising, at a time when its core ad sales business is under pressure from a number of factors, including privacy changes on Apple and tightening budgets amid recession fears, CNN Business said on Saturday. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 18 Mar 2023, 04:48 PM IST
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