Jul 18 2011   11:36AM GMT

Facebook lashes out over Google+ competition

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Facebook has lashed out over competition from Google+ by shutting down all ad campaigns by web developer Michael Johnson who ran a Facebook ad asking people to add him to their Circles on rival social networking site Google+.

The ad simply said: “If you’re lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso.”

Facebook was not amused and not only removed the offending ad, but also banned him from running ads on the social network altogether.

“LOL: I recently ran a Google+ advertisement on Facebook that got all of my campaigns suspended. – Great,” said Johnson in a Google+ post.

The only explanation he received from Facebook was the following message:

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.

If anyone is still in any doubt that Facebook does not like competition, they just have to look at Facebook’s advertising guidelines, which state:

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.

Facebook users, you have been warned. If you are looking to make connections with people on Google+, do not mention the fact on Facebook.

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