Yet another celebrity-related story for Facebook today (we’re trying not to overdo the celebrity news here); British model Jordan (real name Katie Price) has had her Facebook group removed by the social network for violating the terms of service. After reaching the 5,000 friend limit on Facebook, Jordan set up a group on the popular site in order to maintain a relationship with her fans.
According to The Sun, however, Jordan’s group was removed by Facebook as it was not created for a company or product. Jordan reportedly contacted Facebook requesting a copy of its policy, stating that she won’t be gotten rid of so easily. What doesn’t make sense to us, however, is why Jordan’s group would be taken down in the first place.
Not only are there countless users bearing the namesake and likeness of Jordan/Katie Price for their own profiles, but there are a number of groups and fan pages dedicated to the model. None of these groups or pages appear to have been set up and administered directly from Jordan, so if she did in fact create a group it very well may have been taken down. Seeing as Jordan is a public figure, however, it seems odd that Jordan’s group page would be taken down at all.
Depending on the categorization (was it labeled as a fan group for a public figure?) or the content (was explicit content posted to a public group?), I can see why Facebook may or may not get involved in groups at all. And as we’ve also seen yesterday, other users that report content they don’t like can also lead to content removal on Facebook. Perhaps the group launched by Jordan was reported by other users after all.
But the lack of an explanation from Facebook for content removal appears to be a going trend that’s leading to some very public protests. A woman who spoke out against her breast-feeding photos felt slighted by Facebook in a way similar to Jordan’s current situation. Can Facebook handle the backlash, or should a more transparent system be put in place for conveying the network’s terms of service and enforcing the terms as well.
Image credit: The Sun