Users with a “Meta Verified” account would benefit from a verified badge, increased visibility on the platforms, priority customer service, and other things, according to a statement made by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Instagram. This week sees the service’s debut in Australia and New Zealand, with ambitions to spread to additional nations shortly after.
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.
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You must be at least 18 years old, meet the minimum activity requirements, and present a government-issued ID with a name and picture that correspond to those on your Facebook or Instagram account in order to sign up for Meta Verified.
The business notes that the new option won’t change accounts that have previously been verified through the company’s prior standards, which take into account characteristics like authenticity and notability. Elon Musk’s Twitter Blue, which charges $8 per month, may appear similar to the new function.
Users that sign up for the Meta Verified service will also get access to exclusive stickers for Reels and Stories, as well as 100 free stars each month, which is the virtual currency used by Facebook to reward creators.
Companies are currently not eligible for the Meta Verified badge, according to Meta, and changing your profile name, username, birthday, or profile image will necessitate going through the verification process again.
Priced at $19.99 AUD online and $24.99 AUD for mobile, or $23.99 NZD for the web and $29.99 NZD for mobile, the service will make its debut in Australia and New Zealand this week. The increased price on iOS and Android is apparently meant to make up for the fee that both Apple and Google charge on in-app purchases.
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