Twitter has long been verifying alleged celebrity accounts on its site. This means that it is far easier for other users to identify the real person when there are fakes who are also going by the same name.
Now Facebook is finally joining in and providing verified accounts for celebrities who are using their site as well. According to the latest reports, the drive to launch the new accounts will start on 17th February. Government IDs are thought to be the method by which Facebook employees will know whether the real people are verifying their accounts.
However, there are a couple of areas that are interesting to those who want to know more about the verification process. Firstly, it has been stated that only people who are contacted by Facebook will be allowed to verify their accounts. No one will yet be able to ask for the verification process to begin. Users will be chosen according to the amount of followers they have.
The second point worth noting is that once a user has been verified, their account page will be no different from how it looked before. Twitter gives verified users a badge that can be seen by everyone who visits their page. This will not happen with regard to Facebook.
So while verification will be a step in the right direction for the site, it may still lack in some areas. We shall see how things progress when verification begins.