Man who asks for Google+ friends on Facebook gets ads banned

Google+'s high surge of popularity in the last few weeks has caused a number of people who had Facebook accounts to also sign up for Google's new social networking service. However it seems like Facebook doesn't care for people who place ads asking for new Google+ friends on Facebook's site. TechCrunch reports that Michael Lee Johnson, a web developer, got all of his Facebook ads banned after he posted up a noticed that requested people friend him on his Google+ page.

Johnson's own Google+ page has more info on why Facebook banned his ads. Basically Facebook felt his notices violated its Terms of Service. While Facebook's official notice to Johnson didn't specifically mention the reasons behind the bans, it doesn't take much to figure out that Johnson's pretty blatant request for people to join him on a rival social networking service was to blame. Indeed it's a bit surprising that Johnson would post such an ad in the first place and not expect repercussions.

Google+ officially has over 10 million registered users, according to statements made by Google earlier this week during its latest financial results. Some estimates have Google+ reaching the 20 million user mark in the very near future. While Facebook may not care for people running ads that basically promote Google+ on their web site that isn't stopping Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from not only signing up to use Google+ but also quickly becoming the most followed person on the service, well ahead of even Google's CEO and its co-founder.

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When I observe how Facebook is dealing with brand new Google+, I believe I've always been right to not join SugarMountain"s camp.

its facebook network, and he is adversating against it, i guess facebook got tired of silly people would just go for g+ because its the "new thing". and honestly... some people should just move on, these people cry like if facebook had raped them.
its just a social network, people caring so much about it to cry over "facebook banned my ads" need help, or a girlfriend.

i still dont understand why these many google+ articles about any stupid thing. but oh well.

i think its a setup to make facebook look bad. I don't think facebook would care much. Google doing all they can to promote their +... First more men than women and now more women than early thoughts... Slit news and figure in a space of 1 or 2days... Nice try

DaMiEn said,
Yeah, advertising against facebook on it's own network...that's to be expected.

It wasn't against Facebook, but for Google+. No discrimination here.

KeyWest said,

It wasn't against Facebook, but for Google+. No discrimination here.

What I meant was, he is on a social network...advertising another social network. In this case facebook probably took offense to that. Sure he is advertising for Google+...on Facebook. o0

"he posted up a notice". He posted a damn ad. The way it's written on neowin makes it look like he had ads, and then asked his friends to add him on google+. But that wasn't the case.

An ad for a competing product and he still wonders?

6. Refusal of Ads
We 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.

Nothing to see here, move on.

Deniss said,
Hah, why is Facebook taking this so seriously?

Because without their users, Facebook have nothing to make money with, and their entire business would collapse. Facebook have always made it abundantly clear that your information belongs to them, and that it's how they make money. If Google come along and simply just take that information off Facebook, they're basically stealing Facebook's entire revenue stream.

I can see why FB are protective of their information/userbase, but they're still being dicks about it.

Majesticmerc said,

Because without their users, Facebook have nothing to make money with, and their entire business would collapse. Facebook have always made it abundantly clear that your information belongs to them, and that it's how they make money. If Google come along and simply just take that information off Facebook, they're basically stealing Facebook's entire revenue stream.

I can see why FB are protective of their information/userbase, but they're still being dicks about it.

If Facebook think ANYONE looks at ads on that site then they really don't understand what their site is used for. Heck, I have adblock as I'm sure lots of other people do.

De.Bug said,
If Facebook think ANYONE looks at ads on that site then they really don't understand what their site is used for. Heck, I have adblock as I'm sure lots of other people do.

... there's ads on Facebook?

De.Bug said,

If Facebook think ANYONE looks at ads on that site then they really don't understand what their site is used for. Heck, I have adblock as I'm sure lots of other people do.


oh yea, there are plenty of use using adblock, however, we are most likely a tiny drop of water in the ocean of Facebook users... Many see them, and I am sure a lot click on them, and some probably even get some nice malware from doing so

De.Bug said,

If Facebook think ANYONE looks at ads on that site then they really don't understand what their site is used for. Heck, I have adblock as I'm sure lots of other people do.

I do click some of those ads, mind you only the beer related ones.