Facebook announces Twitter-style verified pages

Facebook today announced that Pages and profiles of prominent figures, brands and artists can now be verified. Before now, fake pages were able to draw great numbers of fans while official pages lost out. Similar to Twitter, a blue check mark will now appear next to the name of the page of profile, signifying it's authentic.

Verified accounts on Twitter have been useful to set apart falsified accounts from official ones, and with Facebook, this use only amplifies. With many more information fields and customisation options, Facebook pages can more easily be faked and thousands of people fall for it.

Fake pages can then be sold on once they've generated a substantial audience, an immoral practice that will surely be slowed by the new feature. Users of the world's largest social network can expect to see the feature straight away and rolled out fully over the next few days and upon request.

Neowin has contacted Facebook to find out more about the verification process for accounts or pages and will update this article if a response is received.

Source: Facebook via UberGizmo

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Lawl "an immoral practice". It's just a website yo!

By the way, it seems Google's moved to something like this with Youtube recently... But only if you ditch your Youtube account to add a G+ page/profile to be linked with Youtube. Like, really? If I want any activity to appear on my miniscule Google+ profile, I'll share a video. Or add a link of my Youtube channel to my Google+ profile and manage my privacy settings on Youtube.

That's why he said immoral and not ILLEGAL because its just a website yo! Doing it in any other walk of life "miss representation" is illegal.

Pluto is a Planet said,
Lawl "an immoral practice". It's just a website yo!

By the way, it seems Google's moved to something like this with Youtube recently... But only if you ditch your Youtube account to add a G+ page/profile to be linked with Youtube. Like, really? If I want any activity to appear on my miniscule Google+ profile, I'll share a video. Or add a link of my Youtube channel to my Google+ profile and manage my privacy settings on Youtube.


Google will do anything to force people to use Google+...

Gaffney said,
You can't even login with your username now, they are just making youtube more inconvenient.

I always log in with my username, on Google too. Not sure how that works... It might've been because I had two accounts before Google and Youtube logins merged. Or maybe because I've used Google Talk?