Facebook offers journalists verified accounts, announces new sharing apps

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Facebook has begun offering to verify the identities of journalists and celebrities with large followings on the network. Selected users are invited to privately upload a photo ID, and after verification they are allowed to use a pseudonym (which other users cannot) and will be recommended to subscribers more often.

Facebook also just announced a new batch of news and media companies who have created “Timeline apps” to automatically share a user’s reading or viewing activity with Facebook friends. New entries to “frictionless sharing” include BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Mashable, MSNBC.com, The Daily Show, TODAY Show and GetGlue. || Related: The Guardian says it’s fine with putting its Facebook app in a “walled garden” (Digiday) || Earlier: Washington Post’s Social Reader gets mobile apps (Poynter) | Full coverage of Facebook in journalism

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