After billionaire Elon Musk took control of Twitter, several changes were made to the app, one of which is a $8 subscription for Twitter Blue. And now, Instagram is likely to follow the path of Twitter. The online photo sharing app is reportedly planning to bring a paid subscription model for its users. According to leakster and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi, Instagram is working on a subscription plan which includes the blue badge.
“Instagram is working on a subscription plan which includes the blue badge,” he said on Twitter. According to a report by Live Mint, Paluzzi also shared screenshots in the app’s code with TechCrunch. The screenshots include a line that says “IG_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV” and “FB_NME_PAID_BLUE_BADGE_IDV.” While one can explicitly see words like Paid, Blue and Badge in this line. The ‘IDV’, Paluzzi says, could mean identity verification.
So, how much should you believe Paluzzi? Here is what he tweeted: “At the moment there are only a few small references in the code about this, nothing visible so, until I post a screenshot that can confirm my assumption, consider it a mere rumor.” Notably, all these updates are based on leaks and rumours and there is no official announcement from Instagram about the same.
Earlier in the month of January, Instagram also launched ‘Quiet mode’ with an aim to help people focus and to encourage them to set boundaries with friends and followers. Once the Instagram user will enable the Quiet Mode, they will not be receiving any notifications, their profile’s activity status will change to ‘In quiet mode’ and the app will automatically send an auto-reply when someone will DM the user.
The Quiet Mode can be customised too. “You can easily customize your Quiet mode hours to fit your schedule and once the feature is turned off, we’ll show you a quick summary of notifications so you can catch up on what you missed. Anyone can use ‘Quiet mode’, but we’ll prompt teens to do so when they spend a specific amount of time on Instagram late at night,” the social media platform said in a blog post.
Leave a Reply