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Blue ticks for social media handles sold on private marketplaces: Report

Facebook and Instagram state that an account must be authentic, notable, complete and unique in order to be verified.

January 30, 2021 / 03:38 PM IST


Blue ticks, or indicators of verified social media accounts, are being sold on private marketplaces for Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh in India.

The fee for verified accounts is higher for users in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, according to an investigation by .

Sites like, and had posts from users offering verification services for a steep price, the report said.

Many digital marketing agencies also offer this service, the report added.