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TARLAKENYO (Feb. 22, 2023) — According to a recent announcement by Instagram parent firm Meta, users on both Instagram and Facebook will soon be able to pay for a blue tick verification.

A monthly subscription to Meta Verified will set you back $14.99 on the iPhone and £11.99.

As of this week, you may buy it in New Zealand and Australia.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, said the change would strengthen social media platforms’ authenticity and safety.

This change results from Elon Musk, Twitter’s owner, launching the paid premium service Twitter Blue in November 2022.

Although companies cannot subscribe to Meta’s premium service, individuals may pay for verification now.

To confirm the legitimacy of prominent accounts, “blue ticks” or badges have been utilized.

According to a statement on the company’s website, subscribers will get a blue badge, have their postings prioritized, be protected against impersonators, and have better access to customer care.

The business assured users that their verified accounts would be unaffected by the update, although they did mention that the premium function would help certain smaller users become more visible.

Previous social media sites have run into issues when allowing paying users access to a blue tick.

In November of last year, when fake accounts mimicking famous individuals and companies began purchasing verification badges, Twitter temporarily disabled the service.

Meta said that users’ Instagram and Facebook handles must correspond with a government-issued ID and that a photo of the user’s face must be included on their profile.

Reddit, YouTube, and Discord are just a few more websites adopting paid membership structures.

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s promise that the functionality will be available internationally “soon,” Meta has not yet revealed when the rollout will begin in additional regions.

The business declared 11,000 layoffs in November due to overinvestment during the Covid-19 epidemic.

Mr. Zuckerberg said at the time that he had anticipated a jump in Meta’s growth due to its success in overcoming the epidemic, but this did not occur.

As he said in his letter, “many experts believed this would be a permanent acceleration,” and “I did too,” leading him to raise their investments dramatically.

Instead, he blamed a “macroeconomic slump” and “increasing competitiveness” for the much lower-than-anticipated revenue.

Although many in the IT industry were quick to criticize Elon Musk for adding a paid layer to the social network Twitter, it turns out that his colleagues were observing, proving the adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Big Tech is having a hard time, but so are you and I, as consumers of Big Tech’s products and services. Elon Musk’s test results show that consumers are still willing to pay more for a better product.

It’s been claimed that on massive, user-generated content-driven digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, where users don’t have to pay to participate, users, themselves are the product.

That’s right; every scrap of information companies collect about you goes straight into targeted advertising. It’s a highly profitable business model that has helped many companies flourish.

People are finally catching on and speaking out by leaving in droves.

Apple has released a setting that prevents websites from collecting data on your browsing habits. If you ask individuals whether they mind firms monitoring their online behavior, you’ll find that most choose to disable this feature. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has expressed strong displeasure.

If customers had to pay a membership fee, would they do so, and at what rate? Musk and now Zuckerberg is motivated to learn.

I was incorrect, and I accept responsibility for it, Zuckerberg said.

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