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Google+ Ad Yanked Off Facebook

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Well, it's official: Facebook doesn't care for Google+.

It was apparent two weeks ago when Facebook prevented a Chrome extension from moving friends over to its up-and-coming competitor. But now it's confirmed as the social network yanked a tongue-in-cheek Google+ ad from its site.


The ad read, "If you're lucky enough to have a Google+ account, add Michael Lee Johnson, Internet Geek, App Developer, Technological Virtuoso."

Despite being wholly innocuous, the ad raised the ire of the already-miffed Facebook and was immediately pulled. Johnson was told his ad was in violation of Facebook's Terms of Use.

The company's response read, "Your account has been disabled. All of your adverts have been stopped and should not be run again on the site under any circumstances. Generally, we disable an account if too many of its adverts violate our Terms of Use or Advertising guidelines. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with the specific violations that have been deemed abusive. Please review our Terms of Use and Advertising guidelines if you have any further questions."

While Facebook's message was left vague, CNet's Chris Matyszczyk -- who nabbed a screenshot of the ad -- surmised it could have been due to Clause 6A in Facebook's Advertising Guidelines, which says, "We may refuse ads at any time for any reason, including our determination that they promote competing products or services or negatively affect our business or relationship with our users."
 
Yeah, that'll do it.

Though it's a far cry from a user base of 750 million, the buzz and hype surrounding Google+ has set off alarms within Zuckerberg's HQ. It may still be the global juggernaut, but Facebook must feel threatened if it's willing to pull a small, goofy ad for a Google+ profile.

(See also: Facebook Panics Over Google+ Craze and Google+ Mocked on Late Night)

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