Advertiser stunned by response

Facebook bans advertiser for posting Google+ advert

Web developer Michael Lee Johnson had his Facebook advertising campaigns suspended following the publication of one advert on the social networking web site which promoted Johnson via Google’s new social networking site Google+.

Facebook’s advertising terms includes: "We may refuse ads at any time for any reason, including our determination that they promote competing products or services." However far from simply removing at advert, Facebook suspended Johnson’s entire Facebook advertising account.

Johnson received email notification from Facebook:

"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," Facebook added.

Johnson said he thought the ban was ridiculous and that he hoped the press would pick up the story. He needn’t have feared on that count with hundreds of media outlets and blogs picking up on the story over the weekend. Technorati called the Facebook move a "petty show of abuse of power and childish spite".

Johnson later posted an image on Google+ saying: "The best thing I ever did was delete my Facebook account."

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