Is Facebook Allowing Multiple Accounts Now?

Last Updated: October 17, 2014

In a post from last year, Setting Up Your Facebook Page, I explained how important it is to think up front about whether to set up your fan page attached to your personal profile or as a separate identity. I mentioned you could also set up a separate “personal” profile and, as an aside, said:

I should also point out that having two individual profiles is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Service as well.


Last week, reader Andrew wrote to me asking where that information appeared in the Terms of Service because he couldn’t find it. And, sure enough, when I went back and looked myself, it no longer seems to be there. I was starting to wonder if maybe I’d imagined it in the first place, but when I did a search on their Help files (which never seem to get updated), I found this entry about Pages, which states:

Maintaining multiple accounts, regardless of the purpose, is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use. If you already have a personal account, then we cannot allow you to create business accounts for any reason. You can manage all the Pages and Socials Ads that you create on your personal account.

So that confirms it was once there. The current terms are dated December 21, 2009, but I suspect this change happened in November, when they released a new Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in response to a number of complaints from users, media reports, and an investigation by the Canadian government about privacy protection and ownership of content.

So it definitely appears that there’s no problem having multiple accounts now (I hesitate to say anything conclusively when it comes to Facebook…), which is good for people who don’t want to attach their fan pages to their personal accounts, but felt they had to “just in case.”

If anybody knows anything different regarding this, please let me know and I’ll update the post.

Thanks, Andrew, for bringing this to my attention!

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Comments

  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.

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