Facebook is starting to roll out its own verification program to give users access to blue ticks and other exclusive features, similar to the Twitter Blue service.
According to Apple Insider , the verification program was announced first in February by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, through a subscription service called Meta Verified. It’s a way for people to know who the real blue-tick account owner is because it requires verification with a government-issued ID.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg describes it as “a subscription service that allows users to verify their accounts with a government ID, get a blue badge, get additional protection against accounts claiming to be friends, and have direct access to customer support”.
Features for accounts participating in the verification program include granting a blue badge next to the username, proactive account protection from hackers, and various exclusive features, including Facebook stickers, Instagram Stories and Facebook Reels, as well as 100 Stars per month to show support for creators. Subscribers will also get live account support from customer service.
People can sign up for the verification program now for $14.99/month on iOS and Android, or $11.99 on the web. Even so, the feature is currently only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand for those aged 18+ with no business option.
To perform verification, users access Settings on Facebook (or Instagram), click Accounts Center > Meta Verified. At this point, an option called “Meta Verified available” will appear under the name and profile picture once the service is up and running. Next, set up your payment method and provide your government-issued ID to upload.
users One caveat is that Facebook must have two-factor authentication enabled on their accounts to be eligible for the service. Also, unless they want to go through the verification process again, verified registrants won’t be able to change their profile name, photo, username, or date of birth.