Facebook has today started rolling out its new Facebook Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms service, enabling prominent public figures to easily verify their accounts with Facebook, and then have the option to display a preferred nickname instead of their birth name.
The new verification process will be manually approved by Facebook to make sure that users are who they say they are. But unlike the already existing Twitter or Google+ verification systems, Facebook verified accounts will not display any sort of badge or denotation on the account to show its verified.
As an example of how the new system might be used: Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, could use Facebook Verified Accounts to confirm that she is actually the famous Stefani Germanotta. then choose to display her name as “Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga)”, or simply “Lady Gaga” with Stefani Germanotta then appearing within the About page of her profile.
Facebook users with verified accounts will gain more prominent placement in Facebook’s “People To Subscribe To” suggestions. Previously, Facebook users who wanted to use a nickname would have to have hacked the name section and placed it after their name or similar. However Facebook has a long block list of unacceptable words, and too many unauthorised name switches could result in the name becoming unchangeable, by the user.
Source: Tech Crunch