Contributed by Nicholine Akou

Facebook is a social networking website created by Mark Zuckerberg and Edward Saverin in 2004 to be enjoyed by people ranging from thirteen years old and above. This website allow users to post pictures, write comments, watch videos, and chat with family members and friends. It however has its policies that must be respected especially those using it for commercial purposes.  In case of the violation of any of these policies, your account will be penalized through suspension because Facebook aim at protecting the interest of all its users. Below are some few policies not to neglect while using Facebook.

Deceptive or false pages, group or event: Facebook does not allow any user to create a deceptive page, group or event. They monitor all accounts because some people decide to use other people’s images, names to scam others. Once you are discovered, you can be suspended or even banned from using the app.

Gambling: Facebook only allows adverts that endorse online real money gambling, money lotteries and more with a written permission from them. If you try to do gambling on Facebook without their permission, you will be punished severely.

Drugs and alcohol treatment: content that contains self-harm or excessive violence are not allow on Facebook likewise users are not allowed to post information that has to do with drugs and alcohol treatment which can be harmful to the lives of readers.  

Nudity: this is the act of being naked. Facebook does not allow such things and if you are caught doing it, you will be equally punished severely. You have to be careful with what you post on Facebook in order not to violate their rules.

Caricature:   users are not allowed to impersonate or falsely represent a brand, entity or public figure. Users are advised to give a clear description of the names used, to make sure it is not an official demonstration.

 As a Facebook fan, I think taking note of the few policies mentioned above will help to enjoy freely without any penalization. Think of the damage a post can do to public entity and people’s health before posting.

                                                                                 Edited by Emiliene Alemkeng