The Meta-owned instant messaging application WhatsApp is reportedly working on replacing the green verification badge with a blue checkmark for verified channels and businesses.
Verified channels on WhatsApp are marked with a green checkmark, ensuring their authenticity. However, thanks to the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update, we discovered that WhatsApp has plans to replace it with a different checkmark,” WABetaInfo reported.
The screenshot shared by WABetaInfo revealed that the Meta-owned App is planning to replace the green checkmark with a blue one. This change will also apply to verified businesses.
“We think that this is not so surprising, especially considering the recent announcement shared by Mark Zuckerberg regarding the ability for businesses on WhatsApp to subscribe to Meta Verified in the future, which would give them a verification badge and several advantages, like protection from impersonation and dedicated tech support,” the report said.
At present, there is limited information available regarding the replacement of the green verification badge with a blue checkmark.
The report also suggested that Meta wants to standardise the verification badge colour across all its apps, as the verification checkmark is blue on both Instagram and Facebook.
By changing the current verification badge colour to blue, WhatsApp would align the icon with Meta’s branding and create a consistent visual verified identity across other Meta platforms.
It’s important to mention that the introduction of the new blue badge doesn’t automatically mean Meta Verified will apply to WhatsApp channels. They might simply be aiming to have a consistent badge appearance across all Meta apps. The development of the blue checkmark for verified channels and businesses is in progress and will be included in a forthcoming app update.
The messaging app is working on a search feature for the Updates tab. This feature will make it possible to search for status updates, followed channels, and other verified channels without the need to open the channel directory.