Facebook Bans Google+ Advertisement

In order to get more friends on Google+ fast, an app developer Michael Lee Johnson placed an advertisement on Facebook with headline: “add Micheal to Google+”. Description of the ad reads”if you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso.”

But of course his “brilliant idea” doesn’t work as Facebook has banned all his Facebook campaign altogether. Facebook sent him a message that says ” Your account has been disabled. All of your adverts have been stopped and should not be run again on the site under any circumstances. Generally, we disable an account if too many of its adverts violate our Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with the specific violations that have been deemed abusive.”

You might wonder what kind of terms and conditions that Michael did not adhere to. Going through Facebook’s Terms of  Use and Advertising, 2 clauses are found possible to be the reasons.

Clause 11 in the “Special Provisions Applicable to Advertisers”section: “You will not issue any press release or make public statement about your relationship with Facebook without written permission.” Maybe Michael went against this when he declared on Google+ that he was placing the ad.

Another one would be Clause4d of Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines:” Ads cannot insult, harass, or threaten a user.” Michael was somehow insulting Facebook loyalists by his suggestion that there might be a better social network to go with.

Based on what Michael posted on his Google+ profile, I guess he is not happy with it and he is going to take a revenge soon.





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