Facebook takes a cue from Twitter, launches Verified Pages & Profiles

Facebook has at last introduced ‘Verified Pages‘, a feature that would help Facebook users to easily find official accounts of celebrities and other prominent personalities they would like to follow. Much like verified accounts on Twitter, Facebook will display a badge appearing next to the famous users’ timelines, Graph Search queries, News Feeds ads on a page and on other locations throughout the social network.

Facebook verified pages

Facebook Verified Pages Feature

The badge for a verified account which looks like a small blue circle with a with a white tick mark in it has been primarily designed to make it easier for users to distinguish between official pages and fakes. Twitter has had this feature for quite some time now. It’s just Facebook that is imitating the popular micro-blogging platform now for managing its public pages and profiles.

Currently, Facebook is displaying the feature as an advertisement of a famous figure – Selena Gomez with a blue circle icon to the right of her name.

Here’s what the Facebook says,

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

This means, for now, users and page owners cannot make a request, to have their accounts verified. Since there’s no mechanism to request verification. Instead, Facebook itself is offering the feature to a small group of prominent public figures, including celebrities, journalists, government officials, popular brands and businesses, who have large audiences following them.

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Roger Dunning is a technology evangelist. He lives in New York with his wife and pet dog. You can find him 24×7 on the Internet.