Facebook “Liking” is a No-No. {Important Info Regarding Giveaways!}

I am flabbergasted. After reading this post on my dear friend Leslie’s blog, it appears as though I need to go through and “fix” my current giveaways.

Apparently it is against Facebook policy to ask readers to become a fan of any facebook page as an entry into a giveaway.

Since I don’t want to step on the toes of the Facebook gods, I will be editing all of my current giveaways and removing the option to “like” my page as well as the sponsors pages.

I hate to do that, but I have to do what’s right.

I do hope that you’ll continue to be a fan of Blessed Beyond Words on facebook so you can stay updated with the latest news, reviews, and giveaways.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Also, be sure to read the article Leslie put up because it’s clear confirmation from Facebook that we are violating their guidelines when we ask readers to “like” any pages.

Off to fix my giveaways….

Updated 10/12/11 to add: I have to say that I’m even MORE flabbergasted over the rude comments and the outcry over this post. I woke up this morning and had to delete 4 comments because they were absolutely uncalled for. How does my decision to NOT ask you to like my facebook page hurt you? Sure, it takes away a bonus entry for a giveaway, but it hurts my numbers even more.

Anymore rude comments, and I will close the comments on this post. You can disagree with me if you want, that’s fine. But you can still act like a grown up.

Angie Vinez (2872 Posts)

Angie is a wife and mother to 8. Her life revolves around cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other household duties. She is passionate about her life in Christ and wants to encourage other mothers in their own walk of faith. Angie is active on many social media networks, loves technology, photography, and graphic design, and loves creating blog designs for other mom bloggers.



Comments

  1. 1

    I heard that it was a no-no to make that the mandatory entry… not as a regular entry, though?
    Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy recently posted..Holiday Knot Dresses SALE (With Coupon Code!)

  2. 4

    Thanks for the info. I’m not on Facebook at all, so I have no idea about these things. I’ve had that as an entry for my giveaways though since I’ve seen it seemed to be so popular on other giveaways. I guess I need to make some changes too.
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  3. 6

    Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
    https://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

    Read 3 and 4.

    3 says liking cannot AUTOMATICALLY register someone. It doesn’t. After they like they have to come back to the blog and write a comment to “register” their like.

    4 refers to requiring something “other than liking a Page”. So liking a page (a blog’s facebook page, for example) is okay, but requiring an entrant to like a wall post is not okay.

    Stop taking other people’s words for it. Do your own research.
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    • 7

      Wow. I’m sorry if you don’t agree, but you have no right to bite my head off. I have not done my own research – in fact, never even heard anything about this until yesterday. BUT, I know Leslie, and she doesn’t just fly by the seat of her pants. I trust her research and her judgement, and I agree that for right now, it’s just better if “liking” on Facebook not be an option on my blog. If you choose to run your blog another way, so be it. That is your prerogative. I won’t judge you or slam you for your decision, kindly grant me the same courtesy. Thanks.

  4. 8

    Hi Monique,

    My research led me to email two facebook executives and I have their email confirmation that states emphatically that liking is forbidden as an entry into a giveaway. PERIOD. So until I hear otherwise..

    I am following what I believe to be correct.

    Leslie
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  5. 9

    I read Leslie’s post earlier, and it is not clear confirmation of anything. The Facebook TOS specifically states “You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page” – which means you CAN like a page. I think the person she talked to misinterpreted the question. There is no problem with giving someone an extra entry on a giveaway for liking a page and coming back and leaving a comment or checking off a box in Rafflecopter saying they did so.
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    • 10

      The problem is that it’s so confusing that no one is really clear on what’s acceptable and what’s not. So, I’d rather be safe than sorry and just keep Facebook out of the option until I hear otherwise.

  6. 11
    Lyndsey R. says:

    Monique honey you are kind of rude! Geesh.

  7. 13

    I was going to say it cannot be a mandatory entry unless you are using a 3rd party app to run it such as rafflecopter because you have to do something else first, which in the case of rafflecopter is entering your name and email.
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    • 14

      It’s just too confusing. So, for now, I’m keeping Facebook out of my entries – extra or otherwise. I’ve heard horror stories of Disney execs coming to craft fairs and busting people selling anything that had any of the Disney characters on them. I don’t need Facebook doing something similar to me. It’s not worth it. So, until I hear otherwise, no more asking for likes.

  8. 15
    katklaw777 says:

    I knew this was true a year ago and used to email bloggers telling them so and asking them to change their mandatory entries but know one believed me!!!
    I do NOT do facebook…no time or inclination and I for one am glad that it is finally out in the open to be clarified.
    I thank you Leslie for going to the top and making this known.
    Thanks to you too Angie…the more the word gets out, the more bloggers will do the right thing!

  9. 17

    How is it possible for a social networking site to dictate whether you suggest to ‘like’ certain pages on your PERSONAL blog? It’s not constitutional for them to regulate how you run a blog giveaway, first of all. That’s completely your right. And second, how can they regulate who ‘likes’ and who doesn’t like someone’s Facebook page.

    So I can ‘like’ Cheetos, but only if you don’t suggest it? Sheesh…
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  10. 19

    Facebook has changed their policy regarding *Liking* something. As long as you don’t have it as your or a sponsor’s mandatory entry to like a page you are not breaking any facebook rules if you offer an additional entry for liking you or the sponsor.I have seen many pages having a disclaimer saying something “facebook is not associated in this promotion”
    Unfortunately the advice that Leslie gave is wrong, it is either adressing not the exact topic or it was a reply quoting certain terms which had been correct in the past, but have changed now.

    • 20

      I had that disclaimer on every one of my giveaways until I went through yesterday and removed the options to do anything on facebook. {Except share the link- I can actually track if someone does that.}

      I don’t know what’s right and what’s not, but after reading Leslie’s post and the articles that surrounded that post, I just think it’s better to be safe than sorry and remove any “liking” entries on giveaways for now. Maybe if they clear it up, I’ll go back, but I’m not risking it right now.

  11. 21

    ok, I went over to Leslies post…and it is sad that she got the wrong advice from a facebook employee

    Facebook’s TOS speak for themselves

    here you will find more elaborate explanations regarding blogs, promos and facebook:
    http://www.savingforsomeday.com/blog-law-facebook-promotion-guidelines/
    http://www.savingforsomeday.com/blog-law-facebook-promotion-guidelines-updated/

  12. 22

    I’m with Monique, LeeAnn and a few others on this one. I know Leslie works VERY hard to make sure her giveaways are completely on the up-and-up with readers, sponsors, as well as with Facebook, and that’s one reason I am a loyal reader of her blog. However, I think she accepted the word of an FB rep who didn’t understand the question. For me the guidelines are pretty clear, and they allow liking a page as a prerequisite for a bonus entry.

    By the way, I don’t run giveaways myself, but I do enter them, and I’m a stickler for precision in communication, especially in an important legal issue like this. 🙂
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    • 23

      And I will respectfully disagree with you. Leslie has agonized over this, and when you hear from someone who works at Facebook – no matter who they are – that you canNOT do something, you don’t do it. End of story. So, until this really gets cleared up, I will not be including facebook liking in any of my entries – extra or not.

  13. 24

    Hi guys,

    I appreciate all your comments here on Angie’s Blog and I am a stickler for rules. I am pretty smart and savvy. I am referring to these FB Guidelines
    https://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

    I am not taking a FB Reps word for what I believe to be the truth. Up until a week ago I was having my readers ‘like’ pages for bonus entries. 🙂 I have nothing to gain by deleting this extra entry.

    I have contacted the FB legal team and hope to resolve this. There are 2 views on this and I would rather err on the side of caution until I hear more. I am not trying to incite a riot, but FB can delete your page for violating their TOS.

    I’ve had a huge amount of social media troubles lately. Don’t tempt the fates that be. Huge companies do make an example of the little guys! Trust me 🙂
    xoxo
    Leslie
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    • 25

      Oh the drama! Sigh. Nothing can ever be easy, can it? I, too, have been burned by google, and wouldn’t put it past facebook to just up and delete my page that I’ve worked so hard on.

      Please do let me know if you get a real concrete answer on this. I still find it ridiculous that you have to jump through so many hoops to get that answer, though.

  14. 26

    I am avoiding facebook in my giveaways as well. I have heard so many conflicting messages about it that I’d rather just not deal with it. Thanks for the info! I’m glad that twitter is not an issue like this!
    shelly recently posted..Mama’s Background Music

  15. 28

    I’m having a difficult time replying to people. I 100% apologize if I came across as rude. That wasn’t my intention, but if that’s the result then I own it.

    I agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry. I would never disagree with that. I’m also saying that 2 rules which clearly (in my opinion) refer to liking as OK, means that it’s okay. I don’t find the rules confusing or misleading or anything other than clear.

    From experience, I would not refer to an email conversation as holding more weight than the written rules. The “contract” if you will, is listed in the facebook T&C, not in an email.
    monique recently posted..How do you remember your animal after it has passed?

  16. 29

    Leslie and you are completely misinterpreting the rules. Missing key words and elements- I mean have either of you even read Rule 4?

    You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality OTHER THAN liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app. For example, you must not condition registration or entry upon the user liking a Wall post, or commenting or uploading a photo on a Wall.

    OTHER THAN- meaning you cant do anything other than like a page, check in or connect to the 3rd party app.
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