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Have a Second Facebook Account for Sweepstakes? Then You Should Read This.

By August 29, 2012

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A lot of people who enter Facebook sweepstakes prefer to use a second account to do so. After all, separating your sweepstakes account from your regular Facebook account makes it easy to "like" companies and share sweepstakes news without having to worry about annoying your non-sweeping friends. However, I've recommended not making a second account on Facebook for sweepstakes, because it's against Facebook's terms and conditions. And now, an article on CNN is indicating that those duplicate accounts could get you in trouble.

According to CNN's article, 83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fakes and Dupes, Facebook is planning on searching out accounts that go against their terms and conditions and shutting them down. According to the article, Facebook's chief security officer said, "On Facebook we have a really large commitment in general to finding and disabling false accounts. Our entire platform is based on people using their real identities."

If Facebook disables one of your accounts, they will keep anyone from being able to see the information on it online, but they will keep all of the information in their database. And they will prevent you from being able to open a new account without their explicit permission.

If Facebook is cracking down, this might be a good time to shut down any duplicate accounts you have, before Facebook penalizes you for it.

What do you think about this news? Will it change the way you enter Facebook sweepstakes? Leave a comment below to let me know, and vote in the anonymous poll above!

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August 29, 2012 at 11:14 am
(1) Vicki G. says:

I think sweepstakes should give an alternative means of entry to any and all Facebook sweepstakes. Just like online sweepstakes give a mail-in entry option in addition to an e-mail entry.

August 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(2) scottydog2 says:

i do’nt like to enter on facebook, but sometimes the contest’s are to good to pass up!! i wish that facebook would come up with a way for people to just enter sweepstakes,and contest’s. thank you

August 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(3) Sandra Grauschopf, Guide to Contests says:

Vicki G, I agree with you. Facebook followers have a value, so it seems to me that requiring a person to “like” a page should fall under consideration and thus require an alternate entry method.

August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm
(4) Chuck Matthews says:

As a Human Resources professional, I believe that FB is cleaning up for a couple of reasons. First, their value (as of the time I write) is about half of that when the IPO occurred. In addition, FB will probably be the next big recruiting platform, but it must have credibility to do that.

I support Facebook’s policies because they are legal and they are trying to run a legitimate business. I only have 1 Facebook account and it is used mostly for sweepstakes.

September 1, 2012 at 1:22 am
(5) Princess says:

I think it’s silly, what difference does it make. Facebook should be worrying about bullying and harassment instead of duplicate accounts. What about all those companies that create fake accounts that give away so called freebies and have scam sweepstakes, that should be another concern. Companies on Facebook book should have an alternate entry.

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