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Soon it won’t just be for celebrities anymore: Facebook confirmed to Josh Constine of TechCrunch that verified profiles will gain access to its Facebook Mentions application.

Facebook rolled out Facebook Mentions in July 2014 with the aim of enabling celebrities and public figures, or their page administrators, to monitor mentions and respond to fans via mobile devices.

According to Constine, the news about Facebook Mentions being extended to verified pages was revealed in responses to inquiries about the availability of Live for Facebook Mentions, the video-streaming feature the social network introduced last week as a way for celebrities and public figures to share real-time streamed video with their fans.

Expanding the availability of Facebook Mentions to the media would give journalists powerful tools to enhance their coverage.

Constine shared the Facebook Mentions team’s response to inquiries about the availability of Live for Facebook Mentions:

Thank you for your interest in Facebook Mentions. Mentions is an app for public figures, such as actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers. Right now, it’s only available to people with verified pages.

In the future, Mentions will be available to verified profiles.

Readers: What do you think about verified profiles gaining access to Facebook Mentions?

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Facebook Announces Verified Pages

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On Twitter, you can make sure that celebrities or popular people are really controlling accounts through verification checkmarks. Now the same feature is available on Facebook. The social network announced Wednesday that pages that are really run by highly followed people will come with marks of verification. Unlike the hoax uncovered Tuesday, this is legitimate.

Verification badges will appear:

  • Next to the name of the page
  • When hovering over the name of a page
  • In Graph Search queries
  • In stories about people liking a page
  • In News Feed ads for your page

While this feature will initially be rolled out to celebrity and public figure pages, it will later be applied to personal profiles. Users cannot ask to be verified. Facebook will bestow verification upon highly followed pages and people.

Readers: How do you feel about this?

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s personal profile page has received the verification stamp, showing what it will look like on Timeline pages:

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