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Facebook Buys Startup Confirm for Community Safety Effort

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Facebook Inc. acquired a company that digitally authenticates government identification, a move that may help it verify profiles on its social network.

Facebook didn’t disclose terms of the acquisition of Confirm, a three-year-old company based in Boston. The startup is shutting down its technology while it transitions to Facebook, according to its website. The news was earlier reported by Reuters.