Facebook Cover Photos Are Disappearing

For all the copyright and intellectual property infringement that happens via popular social networking site Facebook, it may come as a surprise to many to see the site enforcing their terms of use with regards to the use of cover photos on personal and business profile pages. Have you checked your profile recently? If not, you may be shocked to find out that your cover photo is gone.

According to Facebook terms and conditions: “All covers are public. This means that anyone who visits your Page will be able to see your cover. Facebook Covers can’t be deceptive, misleading, or infringe on anyone else’s copyright. You may not encourage people to upload your cover to their personal timelines. Covers may not include images with more than 20% text.” What does this mean?

This means that Facebook will remove your cover photo if it contains information about prices or purchase information, such as sales and special offers, or contact details like your website or address – according to Facebook marketing execs this belongs in your “About” section and NOT on your cover photo.

Even more ludicrous, popular references to Facebook features including Like and Share buttons – are NOT allowed. Apparently though, even Facebook can’t define their terms clearly enough and profiles with cover photos removed have been sent the following message: “Pick a unique photo from your life to feature at the top of your timeline.

Note: This space is not meant for banner ads or other promotions. Please don’t use content that is commercial, promotional, copyright-infringing or already in use on other people’s covers.”

Facebook, hold on a second – I thought you said that it couldn’t be misleading? How is promotional or commercial information on a business page misleading – a business has a primary purpose of making money? Like we have come to expect from Facebook – they have absolutely no idea what is against their supposed terms and conditions, and even though there is some indication given that these cover photos are against the rules, it is clear that the list is by no means certain nor is it absolute.

In summary Facebook is looking to maintain a clean looking, simplified interface. If people start going overboard on adding all sorts of banners/promo’s, etc. Then facebook risks becoming less consistent, which in turn is not good for user interaction as it won’t be as familiar.

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