Facebook Now Features Verified Accounts
Both Twitter and Google+ already have a feature that give public figures from celebrities to politicians around the world the ability to "verify" their accounts, Starting today, Facebook is now giving public figures the chance to have higher, more prominent placement and recognition through the social network community by having their accounts verified.
Those who want their accounts verified will submit a particular ID to confirm their identities. With the ID, these users will also have the option of choosing an alias, such as a nickname or a type of pseudonym they often use at work. Certain users with a huge number of subscribers in their profiles will be prompted to give an option of verifying their accounts. Facebook will choose these certain users by invitation only, in turn users cannot own any verified accounts without this prompt.
As verified users, their accounts will have prominent placement in Facebook’s “People To Subscribe To” suggestions column, where other users will be given a chance to subscribe to their favorite public figure, such as a celebrity, athlete, or a politician. Unlike Twitter with their “blue check” badge on verified accounts, Facebook will not have any form of badges to show proof of the account being verified.
Facebook requires them to use a passport, driver’s license, or government-issued work or military image. If the user cannot provide any one of those documents, they can also submit two other forms of ID, such as a library card, credit card, or a birth certificate. Once the account is verified, Facebook will immediately delete all of these documents.
In terms of identities, the real names of these users will still show on their About section while having their pseudonyms as their display name. Examples of users who will be catered to this feature is Lady Gaga or even Bruno Mars. A major issue with this, however, is the guarantee that no other user would be using their identities to set up their accounts in their name without permission and the intent of misrepresentation. An example of this already occurred on Twitter, in which the microblogging service verified an account claiming to be Wendy Deng Murdoch, wife of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch. Sometime later the user behind that account admitted that it was fake.Continued on the next page