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Are you worried about your account getting impersonated on social media?
Facebook and Instagram have heard your concerns and are now offering a solution: Meta Verified, an all-new paid verification subscription service.
With this new plan, users can pay for extra protection against impersonation and receive direct access to customer support by verifying their identity with a government-issued ID.
This service follows in the footsteps of Twitter, which has offered a similar verified checkmark badge for some time.
This blog post will discuss whether Facebook’s new verification feature is worth it and if you should consider subscribing to this plan. Read on to learn more!
According to Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, announced that Facebook and Instagram will launch Meta Verified, a subscription-based verification service.
The new service will offer extra protection against impersonation and direct access to customer support, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.
The verification will cost $12 monthly for a web subscription or $15 for the iOS version.
This plan will start in Australia and New Zealand this week. Soon, it will be available in more countries.
Facebook has had a verified checkmark badge to show that famous and notable accounts are real for a long time.
But with this new plan, regular users, willing to pay money and prove their identity with a government ID, can now receive the coveted verified check mark.
Following in Twitter’s Footsteps
Facebook’s decision to capitalize on the check mark follows tech mogul Elon Musk’s release of Twitter’s blue verified badge.
Twitter originally created its blue verified check mark to signal that the account of a renowned individual, such as an actor, journalist, or politician, is authentic and not fraudulent.
Musk’s plan to charge users $8 a month for the check mark would give Twitter a new way to make money.
But there were a lot of fake accounts pretending to be famous brands, so Twitter paused the rollout of the subscription service in November.
Is It Worth Getting a Varified Facebook Account?
Bottom-line, Facebook is a business. We have gotten used to not having to pay anything to use its services. But a paid subscription service is precisely what we should expect from such a large company, especially when it’s been going through many layoffs recently.
Whether or not it’s worth getting the verified checkmark depends on how much you value the extra protection and support this plan offers.
If you have had experiences with impersonation in the past, or if your account has been hacked, then maybe paying for verified status makes sense to you.
On the other hand, if none of these scenarios apply to you, then spending $12 every month isn’t necessary.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not Facebook’s new verification feature is worth it.
Personally, it’s a “Pass” for me.
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