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3 Terms of Facebook Endearment | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

3 Terms of Facebook Endearment

Many who use Facebook forget or unaware of their Terms of Service.  They try to do Facebook “their” way, breaking the rules Facebook has in place.

Bad things happen when Facebook learns you’ve violated their terms. They will disable your account(s) without notice. You can appeal or request reconsideration, but it is not an easy process. The most common ways I see people violate Facebook’s terms of service:

  • Multiple identities. It’s called Facebook, not Peoplebook, because the rule is 1 profile per person. Some try to maintain a personal profile with a separate professional profile. 
  • Business or not for profit as a person. A business tries to run itself as a profile instead of as a page. If Facebook finds out you are not a real person, they will disable your account. Take that a step further. Sometimes, a business creates a separate profile and then uses that profile to create its business page. Now imagine Facebook discovers it’s a phony profile and disables it. Imagine what happens to the Facebook page of an administrator who loses rights to Facebook. Then imagine what that does to your business if it happens. Facebook is equally unforgiving of people who try to market their businesses by way of their personal profiles. You can get reported for spam and have your account disabled.
  • Under age. I know of 9 and 10 year olds who are on Facebook. Federal statute forbids websites from collecting personal data of anyone under age 13. That is why Facebook asks your birthdate when you first sign on. In order for a youth under age 13 to sign up for Facebook, it is necessary to lie about a birth year. Encouraging and allowing children to lie about birthdates at the age of 10 through 12 can plant ideas of engaging in other under-age activities later. Bad idea. Another new feature of Facebook is if you are under age 18, you can’t change the year of your birth. If you attempt to change it too many times, it might result in a red flag with Facebook.

Facebook is a lot easier to use if you start off using it right.

If you need help fixing your Facebook so you follow their terms of service, contact me.  Or if you would like to start off right or improve your Facebook strategy, I can help.


2 Responses to “3 Terms of Facebook Endearment”

  1. Kelli Williams March 3, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Great post, Mary! I refuse to accept anyone’s kiddo when they are too young for Facebook and this will be a great article to show my 10 year old daughter who doesn’t understand why I won’t let her have a Facebook page. I also didn’t know some of the rules surrounding business pages. Great inisght! Thanks!

  2. Mary Biever March 3, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Congrats, Kelli! I think many parents don’t know of the Terms of Service and as a consequence, let their kids sign up before they are legally allowed. Feel free to share this with them.

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