A brief history of social media

Mark Zuckerberg announces Meta paid verification subscription service for Facebook and Instagram

Stars Insider

21/02/23 | StarsInsider


Today, many people’s lives revolve around social media, for better or worse. Indeed, social media is arguably the most monumental technological advancement of the past 50 years. Its ability to allow the movement of information so easily couldn’t have been dreamt of several decades ago.

But it's rapidly changing. Mark Zuckerberg is rolling out Meta's subscription service which will allow Facebook and Instagram users to pay to get verified, he announced February 19. “Meta Verified” will start at US$11.99 a month on the web or US$14.99 a month on iOS, and it comes with perks like extra protection from impersonation accounts and direct access to customer support.

This is an obvious copy of Elon Musk's Twitter move, except Meta will apparently skirt the problems Twitter Blue ran into (fake accounts and impersonators) by making people submit government IDs before handing out a blue checkmark. Also, where Musk said he'll phase out blue checks for everyone and make anyone who wants one pay, Meta will reportedly leave those with already-established verified status. Twitter Blue relaunched in December 2022 after its missteps, but it costs US$11 a month for iOS and Android subscribers in a bid to earn Musk back some of that money he lost, surely. But the trend is marking a new direction for social media which may indeed be paid.

While the future of Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter is uncertain, click through this gallery to discover how we came to live in this “age of social media.”

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