Facebook introduces verified profiles and pages

The social

networking site is taking after Twitter and authenticating the pages of

high-profile users. Celebrities and big brands will have blue badges

with white check marks next to their names after their identities have

been confirmed.

Selena Gomez’s page has already been verified.

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook began authenticating the pages of famous folks and big brands at the social network on Wednesday, in a move that follows in Twitter’s footsteps.

“Today we’re launching Verified Pages to help people find the authentic accounts of celebrities and other high-profile people and businesses on Facebook,” the California-based Internet giant said in a blog post.

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