Facebook Bans User's Ad Campaigns For Displaying Google+ Ad

from the all-i-see-is-sand dept

There's a longstanding myth about ostriches that, when frightened, they will bury their head in the sand and pretend the danger isn't there. This, of course, is ridiculous. Such horribly unadaptive behavior would have been bred out of the species by the evolutionary process (or by whichever God you believe in tweaking his code a bit) as hungry African predators would have delighted in seeing stationary feathery meals. See, that isn't how you behave when you're threatened. You don't just pretend like the threat doesn't exist.

Unless you're Facebook, of course.

As reported by CNET, apparently a user of both Facebook and Google+ wanted to cross-pollinate his social networking farms and, since Facebook is still the more fruitful territory at the moment, decided to take out an ad with Facebook to get folks to add him on Google+. These two are, of course competitors, currently vying for users attention and loyalty. Apparently Facebook believes the best way to do that is to not only block this gentleman's Google+ ad, but all of his ads on Facebook. The notice he received?
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.
In other words, we're banning your ads because we're banning your ads. The CNET article tries to dig into Facebooks advertising TOS, but basically comes up with nothing other than that they reserve the right to ban for any reason including promoting competing products.

So Facebook, embroiled in a war to win the hearts and minds of internet users, is pretending that the war doesn't exist. There is no Google+, at least not in Facebook-Land, where everything is milk, honey, and Farmville requests. We know why ostriches didn't evolve this kind of behavior.

So what's going to happen to Facebook if they keep their heads firmly entrenched in the sand?

Filed Under: advertising, bans, google+
Companies: facebook, google

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    Nicedoggy, 18 Jul 2011 @ 10:28pm

    Re: Nitpicking

    On the funny side:

    Unlike the complete and utter nonsense that you have been led to believe in the paragraphs above, these birds do not stick their heads in the sand (as goes the myth), and so bear no relationship to the current administration (which some wish was a myth). Rather, ostriches appear to do this. There is a world of difference between appearance and reality but few in politics ever seem to grasp this reality. On point, however, the myth arises from myopic sapiens who would rather say they saw something they wanted to see than what was actually happening. So what was actually happening? Well, ostriches eat rocks. Pebbles to be more precise. They grind them up, think, "ooh, tasty, tasty" and then burp. Down the hatch it goes and pronto, yet another reason why an ostrich is never going to take off in flight. Myopic and probably color blind humans see only an ostrich butt, with the head down munching on pebbles and conclude "that ostrich must have its head in the sand, oh bollocks, what a stupid bird." Only part of this statement is factually correct because the head is merely down obtaining the pebbles and crushing them up. After all, if you ate pebbles, it is highly unlikely you'd want to raise your head until you'd ground them up either.

    Source: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ostrich

    You're all thieves, damn your eyes! became a household phrase when used by the RIAA in their popular 'You're all all thieves, damn your eyes!" advertising campaign, featuring videos of record company executives with shoes and hats and charms made of gold wandering the street shouting this phrase at random bystanders. In their Christmas special, David Geffen was filmed urinating on a cage filled with sobbing teens who were suspected of having downloaded music.

    Source: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/RIAA

    On a serious note about some animals behavior:
    Possums stay very, very still hoping that predators loose interest(i.e. defensive thanatosis, playing possum) and so do a lot of other animals.

    opposums and vipers are apparently in an arms race, maybe that is why Facebook keeps getting more venomous by the day.

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