Facebook Says No To Advertiser Sponsored Accounts

Thanks to an update to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, there will be one less place for advertisers to encroach onto your private life: your friends’ news feeds.

You also won’t have to worry about being pitched multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes—or at least if you are pitched, you can remind the poster that he’s breaking Facebook’s rules.

From PC Magazine:

“You will not use your personal profile for your own commercial gain (such as selling your status update to an advertiser),” reads a new addition to the registration and account security section.

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The new rules also ban unlawful multi-level marketing like pyramid schemes, as well as giveaways, sweepstakes, or contests that are conducted without the consent of Facebook.

We guess Facebook feels like if it can’t figure out a way to make money off of your updates, you won’t be able to either. Considering how annoying it would be to see advertiser-based messages mixed into a Facebook news feed, we’re not exactly upset by the ban.

“Facebook Update Would Ban Sponsored Profiles” [PC Magazine]
Statement of Rights and Responsibilities [Facebook]
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