Facebook’s policies for business pages, groups, and events to avoid being unpublished or banned

All over the world people use the Facebook platform to share their experiences, connect with friends, family and even carry out business and trade activities on daily basis. It is a service for over 5 billion users across the globe where people freely express themselves across countries and cultures in dozens of languages. However in recent times with its increasing popularity and growth the world’s largest social media community- facebook has enacted stringent policies for users including pages and groups. You don’t want to build a page for years and all of a sudden your page or group is brought down for going against her rules. If users who operate business pages and groups must continue to use their products then they must be ready to abide by facebook policies for pages, groups and events.

Users risk having their pages restricted, unpublished (pulled down) or even deleted should they go against the rules set out by facebook for business pages, groups and even personal accounts.

The increasing rate at which facebook accounts, business pages and groups are banned, unpublished and restricted by facebook in recent time has necessitated Naijatvnet compiling this article for her numerous readers. Readers are at liberty to share the article for the benefit of others.

Below are detailed policies set out by facebook for facebook pages, groups and events:

  1. Prohibited Business Practices

Pages, Groups, and Events must not promote products, services, schemes or offers using deceptive or misleading business practices, including those intended to scam people out of money or personal information.

  1. Impersonation

Pages, Groups, and Events must not impersonate or falsely represent a brand, entity, or public figure. Where a Page, Group, or Event is being used to express support for or interest in a brand, entity, or public figure, it must make clear in the name or description that it is not an official representation.

  1. Gambling

Pages, Groups, and Events must not promote online gambling, or gaming where anything of monetary value (including digital currencies) is required to play and anything of monetary value forms part of the prize, without our prior written permission. Common types of gambling or gaming activities which may require permission include betting, lotteries, raffles, casino, fantasy sports, bingo, poker, skill game tournaments and sweepstakes.

  1. Inaccurately Tagged Content

Pages, Groups, and Events must not inaccurately tag content or encourage users to inaccurately tag content.

  1. Incentivization

Pages, Groups, and Events must not incentivize people to misuse Facebook features or functionality.

  1. Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Pages, Groups, and Events must not promote drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers that are misleading, engaging in practices that are harmful to patients, or otherwise violating applicable laws.

  1. Platform Policy

Apps on Pages, Groups, or Events must comply with the Developer Policies and Platform Terms.

Promotions on Pages, Groups, and Events

  1. Communicating a Promotion

If you use Facebook to communicate or administer a promotion (ex: a contest or sweepstakes), you are responsible for the lawful operation of that promotion, including: The official rules; Offer terms and eligibility requirements (ex: age and residency restrictions); and Compliance with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion and all prizes offered (ex: registration and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals).

  1. Required Content

Promotions on Facebook must include the following: A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant; and acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.

  1. Administration of a Promotion

Promotions may be administered on Pages, Groups, Events, or within apps on Facebook. Personal Timelines and friend connections must not be used to administer promotions (ex: “share on your Timeline to enter” or “share on your friend’s Timeline to get additional entries”, and “tag your friends in this post to enter” are not permitted).

  1. Assisting Promotions

Facebook will not assist you in the administration of your promotion, and you agree that if you use our service to administer your promotion, you do so at your own risk.

Collection of Data on Pages, Groups, and Events

  1. Collecting Data from Users

If you collect content and information directly from users, your Page, Group, or Event must make it clear that you (and not Facebook) are collecting it, and must provide notice about and obtain user consent for your use of the content and information that you collect. Regardless of how you obtain content and information from users, you are responsible for securing all necessary permissions to reuse their content and information.

  1. Automated Collection of Data

Your Page, Group, or Event must not collect users’ content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without written permission from Facebook.

  1. Calls to Action

Your Page, Group, or Event cannot use information obtained from a person’s interaction with your Page’s call-to-action button for any purpose other than to provide the service associated with the call-to-action button. If you want to use this information for any other purpose, first obtain a person’s explicit consent.

  1. Processing of Data for Page Insights in the EEA

Where you are in the EEA, the processing of data for Page Insights may be subject to the Page Insights Controller Addendum Page Insights Controller Addendum, which forms part of this Pages, Groups, and Events Policy.

Pages-Specific Policies

  1. Page Names 

Page names must not include profanity, excessively incorrect grammar or punctuation, and must not consist solely of generic terms or locations.

  1. Content Visibility

Content posted to a Page is public and can be viewed by everyone who can see the Page.

  1. Cover Photos and Profile Pictures

Your Page’s cover photo or profile picture must not include a verified checkmark, and also must not include third-party products, brands or sponsors.

  1. Online Pharmacies

Pages must not promote the sale of prescription pharmaceuticals. Pages for online pharmacies may be permitted with Facebook’s prior approval.

  1. Age Gating

You must restrict access by age using Facebook Page gating functionality as necessary to comply with applicable laws and regulations.

  1. Post Preview

When sharing a third party link from your Page, you must not edit any elements of the post preview.

  1. Upload Functionality 

You must not misuse Facebook’s upload functionality in connection with your Page.

  1. Name Change and Merges

Name changes and merges must not result in a misleading or unintended connection and must not substantially change the Page’s subject matter.

  1. Regulated Goods or Services

Pages promoting the sale of regulated goods or services must comply with our Community Standards.

  1. Traffic Diversion

You must not accept anything of value to drive traffic to an app or site that engages in traffic arbitrage, or one that contains a disproportionate volume of ads relative to content, or content that is highly sexual, shocking, clickbait, or promotes scams.

  1. Sharing Content

Content you post to your Page may be reshared by other admins of the Page to other Facebook Products connected to the Page.

  1. Limited Originality of Content

Pages must not post or share content that primarily consists of minimal original content.

Branded Content on Pages

  1. Branded Content

Branded content must comply with the Facebook Branded Content Policies.

  1. Necessary Disclosures

Your Page must include all necessary disclosures to people using Facebook, such as any disclosures needed to indicate the commercial nature of content posted by you.

Jobs Policies

The following Jobs Policies provide guidance on what types of employment posts are allowed on Facebook. These policies, along with our Community Standards, govern posts for employment, including all Job posts on Pages and in Groups.

  1. Misleading, Deceptive, or Fraudulent Jobs

Job posts must not promote employment opportunities that are misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent.

  1. Illegal Products and Services

Job posts must not promote employment opportunities that involve illegal activity, products, or services.

  1. Discrimination 

Job posts must not discriminate against applicants based on any protected characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, disability, medical or genetic condition or any other basis protected under federal, state or local law. Job posts must comply with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.

  1. Sexually Suggestive Jobs 

Job posts must not promote employment opportunities in a sexually suggestive manner.

  1. Adult Products and Services 

Job posts must not promote employment opportunities that require adult services or use of adult products.

  1. Personal Information 

Job posts must not solicit personal identification or financial information from any potential applicants.

  1. Multilevel Marketing 

Job posts must clearly and fully describe the product or business model it is promoting. Job posts must not promote employment opportunities for business models that offer quick compensation for little investment, including multilevel marketing opportunities.

  1. Impersonation

Job posts must not impersonate a brand, company, entity, or public figure. This includes falsely representing an association with a business.

  1. Drug-Related Products and Services 

Job posts must not promote employment opportunities that involve illegal or recreational drugs, products, and services.

  1. Profanity and Grammar 

Job posts must not contain profanity or bad grammar and punctuation. Symbols, numbers and letters must be used properly without the intention of circumventing our review process and enforcement systems.

  1. No Employment Opportunity

Job posts must promote an actual employment opportunity that is available or will soon become available. Job posts may not post advertisements or solicitations for business or services.

Events-Specific Policies

  1. Automated Events

Events cannot use automated means to generate event invites.

  1. Cost Disclosures

Events must provide clear and up-front disclosure for any actions or additional costs associated with an event ticket purchase.

  1. Misleading Event Changes 

Changes to an event must not result in a misleading or unintended connection and must not substantially change the event.

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