Instagram may follow Twitter’s lead and charge users for the premium verification mark, according to a report in India Today. Notably, Instagram is one of the most widely used social networking sites right now, where users can receive a blue tick to be recognised as a famous person. Alessandro Paluzzi, a reverse engineer, discovered a code that indicates Instagram would soon add a paid verification function. Lines marked “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV” and “FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV.”
A paid verification tool is planned for both Facebook and Instagram, according to the code line. It is unknown at this time whether the tech company is considering making it publically official.
In contrast, Twitter charges $8 a month for its blue verification code, which comes with a badge of verification and other perks. Users of iOS or Android must pay $11 each month. In the present, the facility is accessible in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. In India, Twitter has not yet introduced the similar feature.
Anyone on the site will be able to have the blue mark by just spending money, exactly like Twitter, if Instagram starts charging for the verification badge.
In addition, Instagram recently disclosed that it is testing a feature called Candid Stories that will let users record and share everything they are doing in a Story.
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