Facebook Verified Accounts Introduced

Facebook took notes from Twitter as it recently provides important personalities on the popular social networking service with a “blue check” logo. Profiles and official fan pages of prominent celebrities, politicians, athletes, websites, companies, and other personalities were converted into Facebook verified accounts. These verified pages are indicated with a white check over a blue circle placed beside the title.

And just like on Twitter, any other person who is not a frequent topic on tabloids or cable news cannot apply to have their profiles receive a seal of verification. On Twitter, however, users can still post their desperate pleas to be verified by mentioning @verified.

Analysts say that Facebook verified accounts do not matter much because the popular social network is more personalized compared to Twitter, where fake accounts have fooled way too many people and can even get away with it. Twitter users can only report fake accounts for spam, but not report them for pretending to be someone else. Owners of fake accounts, meanwhile, remain unscathed on Twitter despite its no-impersonation policy because Twitter does not provide an avenue to report fake accounts right at the user interface.

Because Facebook allows for more customization, it would be more difficult to fool people about pretending to be someone else. And while there are fake accounts on Facebook, any user can report profiles and pages who are pretending to be them or someone they know.

Now that Facebook has adopted a verified account system, will hashtags follow suit?

Source: Facebook Newsroom, via TechHive

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