Instagram is testing a toggle that lets you only see posts from Meta Verified users, according to Instagram head Adam Mosseri on Monday. “We’re exploring this as a new control for people and a way for businesses and creators to get discovered,” Mosseri wrote on his broadcast channel.
The new Meta Verified toggle will appear as an option under “Following” and “Favorites” when you tap the Instagram logo at the top of the app. The prominence of the toggle could make paying for Meta Verified, which costs $11.99 on the web or $14.99 in an app, a more attractive proposition as it gives people a new way to try and appear more prominently in an Instagram feed. That said, Mosseri’s post didn’t say how big the test is or who might have access to it, though he did encourage people to “let us know if you’d be interested in using this.”
Meta announced the program a few months after X, formerly Twitter, introduced paid verification with disastrous results. As part of X Premium, subscribers appear higher up in conversations and search, which has generally made scrolling through replies on X much worse.