A friend of mine, Bruce Murray, woke up to a surprise today. His popular Facebook page “30 Days In Paris” had been banned by Facebook.His page had over 10,000 followers from whom Bruce was now cut off.
Facebook sent a letter saying that it violated their terms of service. As is usually the case, Facebook did not say what about the page violated their terms of service (TOS). So Bruce checked out the Facebook TOS page. Here are the 10 rules on that page in their entirety:
Facebook Pages Terms
1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
2. You may only administer a Facebook Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
3. Pages can only post content and information under the “everyone” setting.
4. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
5. If you use a Fan Box or Like widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
6. You may not place a Fan Box or Like widget in an advertisement.
7. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
8. If you display advertising on your Page, Section 11 of this Statement also applies to you.
9. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
10. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws. For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.
Bruce is still confused what he did to violate the Facebook terms of service, but now he is equally confused by rule 8. Notice any problem with this rule?