Facebook, Instagram Users To Start Paying Monthly As Meta Rolls Out Subscription Plan
American multinational technology conglomerate, Meta, has rolled out a plan to start charging Facebook and Instagram users monthly for blue tick verification.
Like Elon Musk‘s Twitter, users of the social platforms who desire to enjoy some features and ‘command authority’ on engagement would be required, henceforth, pay $11.99 as a monthly subscription for the blue tick verification.
Recall that Elon Musk introduced the subscription plans on his microblogging platform in 2022. Providing subscribed users with some special features restricted to ordinary account users.
Naija News learnt that Meta Verified will hence cost $11.99 (£9.96) a month on the web. According to reports, iPhone users will likely pay $14.99 for the verification badge.
The features, according to reports, will be available in Australia and New Zealand this week. The development was announced by Meta chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, justifying that the move will improve the security and authenticity of social media apps.
It is understood that Meta’s paid subscription service is not yet available for businesses, so anyone can pay for verification. According to Meta, the subscription would provide paying users with a blue badge, increased visibility of their posts, protection from impersonators, and easier access to customer service.
The change, according to reports, will not affect previously verified accounts, but it will increase visibility for some smaller users who become verified as a result of the paid feature.
According to Meta, in order to be verified, Instagram and Facebook usernames must match a government-issued ID document, and users must have a profile picture that includes their face. Reddit, YouTube, and Discord all use subscription-based models.
However, Meta has not yet specified when the feature will be rolled out to other countries. Zuckerberg though noted in a post on his page that the features would be out “soon.”