Social Scoop for Business: Complying with Facebook community standards

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    Facebook pages often get
    shut down for these reasons:

    1. Breaking contest guidelines.
    2. Ignoring copyright restrictions for images.
    3. Displaying a cover photo that
    doesn't meet Facebook's rules.
    4. Being offensive.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - This is the fourth installment of Social Scoop for Business- a series that highlights the four reasons Facebook business pages often get shutdown. So, what's the point of highlighting these?

    Imagine losing all of your brand's fan base, videos, photos, interactions, and everything else just by not adhering to the social network's guidelines. While you may not have seen a page get shutdown, it does happen, and experts say it actually happens quite often.

    The fourth reason pages get shut down is rather easy to avoid. Basically, don't be offensive on your business' Facebook page. The network reserves the right to remove a page at any time with little to no warning. If fans are offended by the content you're posting on your page, they can flag it and call attention to Facebook.

    Pages must comply with Facebook community standards which include content containing:

    1. Violence and threats
    2. Self-harm
    3. Bullying and harassment
    4. Hate speech
    5. Graphic content
    6. Nudity and pornography
    7. Identity and privacy
    8. Phishing and Spam

    Here's a quick recap of what we've covered:

    1. Is your Facebook contest legal? The bottom line is this: Contests asking for votes or submissions by the means of comments, liking, sharing, posting photos, or checking-in are prohibited. There are many third-party apps like WooBox, Aptivada, or Offerpop. to help you conduct a perfectly legal contest.

    2. Ignoring copyright restrictions for images: When posting content that doesn't belong to you, make sure to attribute the native owner, and if possible, link to their page or website. If you don't know whose content it is, it's probably best to just avoid posting it. The possible ramifications aren't worth it.

    3. Cover photo violationsFacebook's ToS reads, "Covers can't be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else's copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines. Covers may not include images with more than 20 percent text."

    4. Being offensive: Just don't be. Pages must comply with Facebook community standards.

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