Facebook verifies a fan page as if it were from Elon Musk

Facebook gave it its famous blue verification check despite being a fan page.

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Facebook has verified a fan page Elon Mus k as ifwere the same millionaire.

The self-described fan page dates back to July 28, 2019 and started as a fan page for soccer player Gavin Kizito.

Despite having up to 6 name corrections to reach Elon Musk on October 17, Facebook gave him the blue check as if he were the CEO of Tesla.

Better verifiers needed

There are only 10 posts on the page, the earliest being dated October 21. One is a photo of Musk, another is a notification that the page updated his profile photo to show Musk, and the other is a copy of the character’s latest Twitter post.

The Transparency section of the page also says that the people who run the page are based in Egypt. Musk lives in Texas.

Unfortunately, whoever has the seal can leave you unsuspecting to scams or misinformation. 

Facebook’s verification rules state that the company has “confirmed that the page or profile is the authentic presence of the public figure or brand it represents.”

To be verified on Facebook, you must complete a form that requires, among other things, that the sender share official identification in the form of a driver’s license, passport, national identification card, tax return, recent utility bill, or items of incorporation.