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Question and answer site Quora has just launched a feature which will allow high profile individuals to have a blue “verified” checkmark next to their name so that all users can be sure that they are who they say they are. The first person to get the coveted blue checkmark is none other than United States President Barack Obama, who will be using this opportunity to talk about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Verified profiles are meant to give the average user peace of mind that the verified individual is who they claim to be. Twitter has been using a similar system for a while for important people and companies, and Quora’s move is no doubt an attempt to be more competitive and mainstream.

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While you can’t request to be verified, you can report fake profiles. Quora says that it is only verifying profiles if the person’s name would be recognized by a large number of Quora users and the community would benefit from the confirmation of their identity.

While Obama is the most well-known verified user, many other famous people are quickly stepping up to fill Quora’s ranks. Obama himself has been on quite the social media extravaganza lately to promote Healthcare.gov, including appearing on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis Internet Bill Of Rights, ASUS Chromebox, iOS 7.1, Between Two Ferns [Tech News Digest] Internet Bill Of Rights, ASUS Chromebox, iOS 7.1, Between Two Ferns [Tech News Digest] The Internet needs bill of rights, Xbox Live suffers Titanfall outage, ASUS Chromebox sells well on Amazon, Neil Young's PonoPlayer is Kickstarter hit, Apple releases iOS 7.1, and Barack Obama appears on Between Two Ferns. Read More .

Are you a Quora user? What do you think of their new Verified Profiles? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Quora Blog

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