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Facebook Launches Verified Pages, Profiles

May 29, 2013

Facebook looks a little more like Twitter today.

The social media giant Wednesday launched verified pages and profiles, adding a blue and white check mark symbol to the pages of celebrities, popular people and businesses.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez couldn't last as a couple, but they're both verified. President Obama's page is the real deal too. For now, Facebook says only a small group of prominent public figures with large audiences are subject to verification.

But don't go matching your cover image to your blue and white check mark just yet. Like Twitter, Facebook explains that while pages and profiles are verified to ensure the account is authentic, you cannot request to have yours verified. You can, however, report a fake account if you think you are being impersonated.

Facebook launched a verified account service in 2012, but it was for a different purpose and didn't come with a badge. That service was made available to public figures and gave people more prominent placement in the "people to subscribe to" section.

If the current process is like Twitter's, Facebook will reach out to you if your account is subject to verification. Of course, being friends with Gomez or Bieber couldn't hurt your chances.



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