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Meta rolls out paid verification option for Facebook and Instagram users in US

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Facebook and Instagram users in the US will soon be able to pay to get a coveted blue check on their account, CNN Business reported.Meta on Friday began testing a paid verification option for US users of the two social networks, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Instagram.

The company plans to gradually roll out the paid option to more US users over the next few weeks.First tested in February in Australia and New Zealand, Meta Verified starts at USD 11.99 a month on the web or USD 14.99 a month on mobile.

In addition to verification, the option offers perks such as extra protection from impersonation accounts and direct access to customer support, CNN Business reported.To avoid fake accounts, customers who want to get the blue badge would need to provide a government ID which matches their profile name and picture.

Users must also be above 18 to be eligible for the new service, according to CNN Business."This new feature is about increasing authenticity and security across our services," Zuckerberg wrote in February in an Instagram broadcast channel.Meta joins other platforms, like Discord, Reddit and YouTube, which have their own subscription-based models.

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