According to Engadget, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s parent company, Meta, was going to launch a paid Meta Verified verification program for Facebook and Instagram.

According to Zuckerberg, the paid Meta Verified service will provide users with a blue badge that will further protect their account from the encroachments of scammers who may impersonate another person. Also Meta Verified facilitate direct access to customer support. He stressed that after testing in Australia and New Zealand Meta intends to deploy the service in other countries.

The subscription will be available for both the desktop version and applications on iOS and Android. The cost will be $12 and $15 per month, respectively.

Subscribers must meet certain requirements. In particular, they must be at least 18 years old and are required to provide an official ID that matches the name and photo on their Facebook or Instagram accounts. If your profile is verified, your account name, username, date of birth, and photo won’t be able to be changed without a second verification procedure.

Interestingly, the accounts that were verified before the announcement of the innovation will retain their status.

In addition, verified users will receive 100 free stars, a digital currency with which to pay the authors of posts on Facebook.

Earlier, Elon Musk announced that he would introduce colorful checkmarks on Twitter — they would mark different types of users.

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