At the time of this writing, Facebook’s last update was December 17, 2012. For the most up-to-date version, please visit Facebook’s site directly.
To comply with Facebook’s terms of service, please make sure you meet their rules. Otherwise, Facebook has the right to shut down your account, which would be really, really bad to lose the momentum you’ve gained through all your hard work. I haven’t heard of too many accounts being shut down, but don’t tempt fate!
Here are a few excerpts, in descending order for items I see violated most often:
You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.Covers may not include:
- images with more than 20% text;
- price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it on socialmusic.com”;
- contact information such as a website address, email, mailing address, or information that should go in your Page’s “About” section;
- references to Facebook features or actions, such as “Like” or “Share” or an arrow pointing from the cover photo to any of these features; or
- calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.”
On Facebook people connect using their real names and identities. We ask that you refrain from publishing the personal information of others without their consent. Claiming to be another person, creating a false presence for an organization, or creating multiple accounts undermines community and violates Facebook’s terms.
You will not create more than one personal account.
You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
If you select a username or similar identifier for your account or Page, we reserve the right to remove or reclaim it if we believe it is appropriate (such as when a trademark owner complains about a username that does not closely relate to a user’s actual name).
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.