Question Of The Week
Question: I set up two Facebook accounts - one for people who believe in the same political philosophy as me and one for other friends who might be offended by some of the things I post. Is it okay to have two accounts?
Answer: The answer to this week's question can be summed up in two words: absolutely not.
When you first sign up for Facebook, like all other Social Media sites, you agree to the company's Terms of Service (TOS, for short). The TOS is the long, boring document filled with legalese that lists your rights and responsibilities as a Facebook user. Virtually no one reads this document! However, if you go ahead and set up a Facebook account, you are, in fact, agreeing to everything listed in the TOS.
With that in mind, here is a screenshot of section 4 of the Facebook TOS with the answer to this week's Question highlighted in red:
Registration and Account Security
Facebook users provide their real names and information, and we need your help to keep it that way. Here are some commitments you make to us relating to registering and maintaining the security of your account:
- You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
- You will not create more than one personal account.
- If we disable your account, you will not create another one without our permission.
- You will not use your personal timeline primarily for your own commercial gain, and will use a Facebook Page for such purposes.
- You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.
- You will not use Facebook if you are a convicted sex offender.
- You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
- You will not share your password (or in the case of developers, your secret key), let anyone else access your account, or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
- You will not transfer your account (including any Page or application you administer) to anyone without first getting our written permission.
- 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).
As you can see from the TOS, more than one personal account is not allowed in Facebook. If you have more than one account, what should you do now? Legally, you should close one of the personal accounts and keep the other.
That's it for this week's question! Feel free to email us if you have any questions regarding our answer. Just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.