Facebook bans Google+ ad

Alarmed by the great success of Google +, social networking giant Facebook has reportedly removed a Google+ ad and banned the creator from putting ads on the site. The ad that was created by a Facebook user invited people to connect with its creator on Google+; however, Facebook decided to ban ads on its site that promote its rival Google+.Internet geek and a web developer Michael Lee Johnson placed an ad on Facebook circulating for Google+; however, his idea did not work out as he expected as Facebook banned his ad account. The simple-looking ad had the headline which said, “Add Micheal to Google+.” The text of the ad read, “If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso.”

However, upon banning his ad, he received a message back from Facebook saying, “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.”

The Facebook guidelines on advertising clearly state that they may 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.

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