UPDATED: Facebook Does Not Allow Multiple Accounts

Last Updated: May 26, 2015

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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  1. Stephanie says

    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.

    Still there…

    • Elizabeth Kricfalusi says

      Hi Stephanie.

      Thanks for letting me know. I’ll update the post (which is really old and I actually forgot I had ever written it. :) )

      – Elizabeth

      • Will says

        Well what I find interesting there is “personal” account. That still may not mean they are disallowing multiple accounts for business or organization purposes.

        • Elizabeth Kricfalusi says

          Businesses and organizations need to make Facebook Pages, each one associated with someone’s personal profile. But you can have as many pages as you want associated with your profile.

  2. tyler says

    tutorial ‘s no longer there. i had like 4 or 5 accounts and now, i only have my main! soooooooo sssssstupid!

  3. Davis Rivas says

    I don’t want to have my main account flooded with 1000x farmville requests and notices. Almost every game on FB posts on your wall and requires lots of “game” friends. It is stupid to not allow alt account to separate the game spams and the game buddies from the real friends. With the new cell phone # verification, FB just destroyed the gaming population.