Social networks new business model will require paying for security features

Twitter and Meta introduce paid security subscription services, requiring users to pay for specific features like two-factor authentication and verification. Monetizing security may deter online threats, but some users may disable security altogether. Meta’s plan combines premium upgrades and standard features like flagging high-risk accounts for impersonation.

Twitter and Meta recently announced new security subscription services that require users to pay for specific security features. Twitter’s premium service will require payment for SMS-based two-factor authentication, while Meta’s paid verification service caters to ‘up-and-coming creators’. While monetizing security features may help curb malicious online activities, the challenge is that some users may turn off security features completely. Furthermore, Meta’s plan includes a combination of premium upgrades and features that should be standard, such as flagging accounts at special risk for impersonation.