Do you know if your Facebook profile is in violation of any rules? What about your business or company page? While some people might not see any problem with bending a rule or two, Facebook is really stepping up to enforce their guidelines in 2012– and many users could lose their pages or profiles.
Did you even know that by setting up a Facebook personal profile, you are acknowledging that you will adhere to the following guidelines?
- Facebook users must provide their real names and information
- You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
- You will not create more than one personal profile.
- If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser).
- If you select a username for your account we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user’s actual name)
Here’s an example – if you meant to set up a company or business profile but accidentally set it up as a personal profile, Facebook is allowing you to switch the account to a business page to correct the accident. Another option is to delete the duplicate personal profile and setup the correct brand page. Facebook has also made it possible to merge duplicate company pages that you may have accidentally set up.
Please note that if you are planning to make many changes to a page, you probably want to make sure you’re confident in what you’re doing, or that you get help from someone who knows what he or she is doing. Just make sure that the person(s) handling the details of your account can advise you correctly. After all, some of the changes you make to your account are permanent.
Facebook is simply trying to ensure safety and convenience for all users. Although the social media giant is making an effort to allow people to correct their mistakes, this may not continue forever. Eventually people, brands and companies who do not abide by Facebook’s rules or adhere to ethical standards could have their profiles deleted or blocked.