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 Facebook," 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."
© 2013 AFP