Report: Facebook bans Google+ advert

Posted by Lydia Leavitt

The battle between Google+ and Facebook is heating up, with FB banning one app developer for promoting his Google+ account on the popular social networking site.

Just last week, Facebook blocked exporter tools that would allow users of both social sites to export contacts from Facebook and import them into Google+, something which shows FB is actively blocking anything that can help Google+ grow. 

Similarly, Facebook was not pleased when app developer Michael Lee Johnson ran a paid advertisement on the social networking site to promote his Google+ account.

The "Add Michael to Google+" commercial read, "If you're lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso."

Not only did Facebook pull the ad, but it banned Johnson from running all future campaigns.

Facebook sent an email to Johnson stating, "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."

Although Facebook does not specify exactly which guideline Johnson violated, the social networking site retains the right to "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" according to article 6a of its Advertising Guidelines.

Johnson responded to Facebook's harsh ruling in a Google+ post saying "LOL: I recently ran a Google+ advertisement on Facebook that got all of my campaigns suspended. - Great." He added a post script note poetically stating, "P.S; Facebook - You Suck."

Within the Google+ post's comments, Johnson speculated as to why Facebook banned his ad. He says, "Obviously Facebook are running scared of Google+ because they think it's a more superior network?"

Perhaps.

Or perhaps Facebook is trying to limit any Google+ activity within Facebook, hoping to keep the two social networking sites completely separate. It seems like Facebook is trying to make it extremely difficult for people to use Facebook to grow their Google+ presence; whether it's importing friends, posting between sites, or running ads to gain followers.

(Via CNET)