Earlier today, we brought you an article about a Facebook “warning” which people were receiving regarding multiple accounts. We reported that the matter had been posted on Facecrooks Facebook page. Well, good old Facecrooks have pulled out all the stops to contact Facebook to see what is what – and we can now report their findings.
“It looks like you have more than one account on Facebook. Facebook is a community where people use their real identities so you always know who you’re connecting with. Maintaining multiple accounts is a violation of our Terms and could result in all of your accounts being disabled. Please remove this account and help us keep Facebook safe and enjoyable for everyone.”
This warning has been causing quite a stir today! Many users are worried that they will be losing their accounts, and many stated that they don’t have multiple accounts at all. It seemed rather odd that so many were receiving this message all of a sudden, so we reached out to Facebook to see if we could get an explanation.
We received the following message from Facebook a short while ago explaining what is going on:
“We are currently testing a system that warns users who have opened multiple accounts, we are not taking any action on these users for the time being so there’s no need for anyone to worry. We are iterating on this system to be more accurate and are only notifying possible violators.”
The article continues…
The email went on to state Facebook’s policy on multiple accounts:
“Facebook has always been based on a real name culture. This leads to greater accountability and a safer and more trusted environment for our users. It¹s a violation of our policies to use a fake name or operate multiple accounts. We have a dedicated User Operations team that reviews these reports and takes action as necessary.
We also have technical systems in place to flag and block potential fake accounts based on name and anomalous site activity. One of these technical systems has been displaying a warning to users we believe may be operating multiple accounts, while we are not taking action on these warnings at the moment, we have been notifying users that they may be violating our policies. We are constantly iterating on these systems and developing new ones, to provide an even better experience for the people who use our service.”
So, in a nutshell… Facebook is fine tuning it’s software to seek out multiple accounts. At present, those “notified” are safe, but in future? If you are using multiple accounts please be aware that Facebook WILL take action – and you could lose your YoVille accounts as well as your Facebook accounts.
If you missed it, you can read our original article HERE.
If you have multiple accounts, will this make you think twice about using them? Do you think you can find a way around the system? Do you think that people who use multiple accounts deserve to be banned? Please leave your feedback in the box below.