High-profile folks get verified Facebook pages

May 29, 2013
Facebook began authenticating the pages of famous folks and big brands at the social network on Wednesday, in a move that follows in Twitter's footsteps.

Facebook began authenticating the pages of famous folks and big brands at the social network on Wednesday, in a move that follows in Twitter's footsteps.

"Today we're launching Verified Pages to help people find the authentic accounts of celebrities and other high-profile people and businesses on ," the California-based Internet giant said in a blog post.

"You'll see a blue badge next to their names."

Verified Pages display small blue circles with a white check mark in the middle to indicate that identities have been confirmed.

The blog post used a verified Facebook page of singer and actress Selena Gomez as an example.

"Verified Pages belong to a small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses) with large audiences," Facebook said.

"This update is rolling out to profiles as well."

has long featured similar verification badges that have become status symbols of sorts at the globally popular one-to-many .

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