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Misuse of a facebook account - how to approach?

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JustEstelle:
For reasons of my own, I neither want to defriend or block her, as I stated in my OP.  My question is how do I approach her about this (or if I even should).

To be honest, I am not comfortable with the P/A approach.  I would rather say something along the lines of "You may not have known this, but using your personal timeline to sell a product violates facebook's TOS.  You're supposed to have a separate page for that."  But I don't know how best to word it.

I know that I can hide her from my feed and I've done so. 

WillyNilly:
Instead of focusing on the negative (she's breaking the rules) try pointing out that having a product or business page is a better idea - its easier and quicker to gather "likes" then friends, it easier for her and her friends & family to "share" the business page, she can "highlight" posts, and if she wants FB offers reasonably priced advertizement packages to build her audience. Yes it would take a small amount of time and effort to transition, but ultimately its a better tool and more professional to use the correct type of page. It will, on her end (from a log-in perspective) be linked to her main page, so its just as easy to use, even from a smart phone.

(edited to correct major phone posting related errors)

JoieGirl7:
i don't think you should say anything.  Presumably she's an adult and read the TOS.

What are you hoping she will do- start up a page for her business?  Why do you care?

You know if she does, you will be the first person invited to "like" it and  you have one more account of hers to block posts from.

Oh Joy:
Would you be comfortable waiting until she mentions something you 'should have' known from her updates, and sheepishly telling her you'd blocked her feed because you were getting so many ads from her?  I like GrammarNerd's approach, too.

I wouldn't make the TOS argument because then you open the discussion to young children, pets, and other violations.

Best wishes.

Slartibartfast:

--- Quote from: WillyNilly on June 18, 2013, 11:41:03 PM ---Instead of focusing on the negative (she's breaking the rules) try pointing out that having a product or business page is a better idea - its easier and quicker to gather "likes" then friends, it easier for her and her friends & family to "share" the business page, she can "highlight" posts, and if she wants FB offers reasonably priced advertizement packages to build her audience. Yes it would take a small amount of time and effort to transition, but ultimately its a better tool and more professional to use the correct type of page. It will, on her end (from a log-in perspective) be linked to her main page, so its just as easy to use, even from a smart phone.

(edited to correct major phone posting related errors)

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Facebook's business pages are kind of ridiculous right now - you have to pay extra money for every post you want people to see - even if they already follow your page!  And it's not chump change, either - several bucks just for a small audience, up to several hundred (per post) if you have more followers.  It's not worth the effort, frankly.

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