- Meta Inc., the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has launched premium verification services for its users
- Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, introduced the Meta verified services in the United Kingdom in May 2023
- According to Zuckerberg, users will need to pay a monthly subscription fee of N7,000 to obtain the verification badge
Facebook and Instagram users across the globe will soon start paying for the verification badge.
This followed Meta's successful rollout of the premium service in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States in February and March 2023, respectively.
Sky News reports that the company has also introduced the service in the United Kingdom, which requires subscribers to pay a monthly fee of $11.99(N5,500) for users on the web.
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While those using mobile phones must pay $14.99(N6,907) per month.
Mark Zukerberg speaks
The chief executive officer of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, emphasised that Facebook Premium's primary purpose is to protect users from impersonation and provide them with direct support.
He highlighted the features of the premium service, stating:
"You can get a badge, proactive impersonation protection, and direct access to customer support."
He also explained that subscribers to Meta must be above 18 years old and present a government-issued photo ID while using two-factor authentication to be verified.
Once verified, the user will not change the profile name, photo, username, or date of birth.
Benefits of verification
Meta Verified also offers exclusive stickers on Facebook, Instagram Stories, and Facebook reels.
Additionally, subscribers will receive 100 Stars per month on Facebook to show support for content creators.
Elon Musk Twitter Blue decision
The launch of Facebook Premium follows Elon Musk's Twitter Blue premium subscription introduced in November 2022 after his acquisition of the social media platform.
Musk encouraged Twitter users to subscribe to the service, which offers features such as editing, posting long videos, and protection against fake accounts.
The Twitter Blue subscription costs $8 per month or $84 annually.
The new legacy programme costs subscribers $8 per month or $84 annually.
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