Looks like Meta found a way to price gouge user with CEO Mark announcing that Meta is launching a test of a paid verification programme:
|"To help up-and-coming creators grow their presence and build community faster, we'll begin testing a new offering called Meta Verified, a subscription bundle on Instagram and Facebook that includes a verified badge, which authenticates your account with government ID, proactive account protection, access to account support, and increased visibility and reach. We're starting with a gradual test in Australia and New Zealand later this week to learn what's most valuable, and we hope to bring Meta Verified to the rest of the world soon."|
All of these will be catered for by the new program, which will initially cost $11.99 per month on the web or $14.99 per month on iOS and Android, the latter of which includes the relevant App Store costs.