The original title of this post was “Is Facebook Allowing Multiple Accounts Now?” I wrote it several years ago during a period when the Facebook terms of service didn’t explicitly spell out that you weren’t allowed to have multiple personal accounts. However, they changed it again at some point and I just haven’t gotten around to updating this post, so apologies for any confusion.
The current Facebook Terms of Service, dated January 30, 2015, clearly spells out the rules:
4. 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:
1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.
2. You will not create more than one personal account.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that there are no unauthorized profiles on the site, as I’ve certainly seen some in the past that were for people’s pets or used an alias, although I haven’t seen any in a while now that there are other options like Groups and Pages available. But if you decide to try it, be aware that if Facebook finds out, they could suspend not just the additional account(s) you’ve created but also your main one. Probably not worth the risk.
You ARE allowed to have multiple Facebook Pages, but they must be attached to your personal account. (Still their dumbest policy, but it is what it is…)
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