Facebook will now create verified pages and profiles for celebrities who want their identities authenticated on the social network.
Facebook announced the move this week, which some say follows in Twitter's footsteps albeit much more belatedly, according to the New York Daily News. Now these authentic accounts or pages will be labeled with a blue badge next to their names.
"Verified Pages belong to a small group of prominent public figures (celebrities, journalists,
government officials, popular brands and businesses) with large audiences. This update is rolling
out to profiles as well," Facebook said in a blog post.
Many celebrities haven't joined Facebook and cite as a reason its lack of authentication
. Twitter, which does verify accounts, has a multitude of celebs and other prominent figures. If Facebook can finally make famous people at ease, they will have a more varied, interesting and well-read social network.
Published at 1:57 PM PST on May 31, 2013