Facebook suspends man who ran a Google+ ad on Facebook.

Michael Lee Johnson explains:

I recently ran a Google+ advertisement on Facebook that got all of my campaigns suspended. - Great.
The message from Failbook said the following:
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. Please review our Terms of Use and Advertising guidelines if you have any further questions.
P.S; Facebook - You Suck.

Interesting. What part of the TOS did a Google+ ad break, do you think?

Update Julio Fernandez played internet-detective and went on a string to find out. He set up a similarly worded ad on Facebook and just had it approved.

Any publisher can refuse any ad they want, and Facebook's advertising guidelines make it clear that they can "refuse ads at any time for any reason, including our determination that they promote competing products or services or negatively affect our business or relationship with our users."
Since +Mark Zuckerberg said that he did not see Google+ as a competing product, I wanted to test their advertising guidelines and it looks like Mark was right. Facebook does not see Google+ as a competing product as my ad was approved.
Now they can take my $ from the clicks of my ad. Congrats Facebook, but I still want my friends to know I moved to: https://Profiles.Google.com/SocialJulio

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Dabitch Creative Director, CEO, hell-raising sweetheart and editor of Adland. Globetrotting Swede who has lived and worked in New York, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Comments (1)

  • Rommel_'s picture
    Rommel_ (not verified)

    My goodness! Did this really happen?

    Jul 16, 2011