Now Verified On Twitter: Catholic Church, George Osborne, eBay UK, The Irish Times, Save The Children

This is a weekly series of posts that highlights newly-verified brands, celebrities and persons of interest on Twitter.

Twitter verifies accounts to prove authenticity of identity. That is, the little blue verified badge is added to profiles that are at a high risk of impersonation to prove to other users that this person or brand is who they say they are. Occasionally Twitter makes a mistake, but, for the most part the system works, and the blue tick carries a lot of weight.

(Looking to get verified? Learn more about how, when and why Twitter verifies profiles here.)

In total, 48,537 profiles have now been verified on Twitter, which is a rise of 416 newly-verified profiles since last week. In this article we will look at recently-verified brand and celebrity profiles of note.

This week’s top five:

Catholic Church (@catholicEW)

Bio: Serving the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. Following/RTs ≠ endorsement.
Followers: 5,430

George Osborne (@George_Osborne)

Bio: Official profile of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer & MP for Tatton. Account run by George Osborne and @conservativesteam.
Followers: 37,896 (@eBay_UK)

Bio: eBay UK’s official twitter account! You can also find us at@eBayFashion_UK and @AskeBay for customer service. Follow for the best of eBay!
Followers: 5,768

The Irish Times (@IrishTimes)

Bio: Follow for the latest Irish, world, business and sport news as well as comment and analysis from the staff at the @IrishTimes.
Followers: 38,501

Save The Children (@savechildrenuk)

Bio: Save the Children works in more than 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.
Followers: 44,063

Other verified brands and official bodies of note:

Adidas Originals (@adidasoriginals)
Bio: The official site for adidas Originals.

Followers: 480,469

Glamour Magazine UK (@GlamourMagUK)

Bio: News, fashion, beauty EVERY DAY from Britain’s favourite women’s monthly magazine
Followers: 143,244

Sierra Club (@sierraclub)

Bio: Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.
Followers: 60,637

San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo)

Bio: Follow @sdzsafaripark for news from our bigger brother up in Escondido, & follow @sdzglobal for conservation news, green tips, & more.
Followers: 27,311

Philadelphia (@LoveMyPhilly)

Bio: We believe that deliciously simple pleasures are always made fresh. Share your PHILADELPHIA #CreamCheese recipes and tips with us!
Followers: 26,166

Sour Patch Kids (@SourPatchKidsUK)

Bio: Sour. Sweet.Gone. We are deliciously tongue tingling sour then sweet Maynards Sour Patch Kids.
Followers: 6,509

Clarks Shoes (@clarksshoes)

Bio: The official Twitter for Clarks UK: the number one shoe brand in the UK, the world’s largest casual and smart shoe company.
Followers: 6,468

Mello Yello (@MelloYello)

Bio: The Original Smooth®. The official Twitter account of Mello Yello and Mello Yello Zero.
Followers: 2,636

Krazy Glue (@KrazyGlueExpert)

Bio: Fix. Share. Win! Tweet, text or post a photo on Instagram using#KrazyBigFix to enter The Krazy Big Fix sweepstakes.
Followers: 1,356

Carte Noire (@CarteNoireUK)

Bio: The official UK Twitter feed for Carte Noire coffee. For a more seductive coffee moment…
Followers: 1,282