Fb has banned the promoting of administration rights for group teams.
This follows BBC Information uncovering a number of incidents of group homeowners being approached about promoting their pages.
Last month, nearly all 25,000 members of a west London group left in protest after discovering out it had been bought by the individual operating it.
One purchaser informed BBC Information they purchased teams to advertise their very own enterprise. In addition they promote unofficial advert house.
Fb says the apply falls under the “spam” section of its Community Standards rules though there is no such thing as a particular line that claims this.
“We don’t permit individuals to promote web site privileges on Fb, which incorporates promoting admin roles or house on a web page or group to show a third-party advert.
“We disabled the account reported to us by the BBC in November and urge our group to report instances like this so we are able to examine and take swift motion,” a Fb consultant stated.
Group teams are historically arrange by Fb members within the native space, appearing in a voluntary capability.
Members sometimes use them to debate native points, purchase and promote undesirable gadgets, and share upcoming occasions.
Jon Morter runs a area people group in his dwelling county of Essex. It has about 30,000 members. He additionally belongs to 1 that’s for different group directors.
“A number of weeks in the past, a member posted to say somebody had approached and provided to purchase their group,” he stated.
“One other member then identified that that they had been approached as nicely. Numerous us all dived in and realised it was the identical bunch of individuals.
“We investigated [and found] that there are a minimum of 5, probably extra, native gross sales or group teams that this lot now personal. In addition they say, ‘If you wish to put your advert on the banner, we’ll cost you.'”
BBC Information contacted somebody within the UK who buys native teams.
They stated they did so so as to showcase their very own enterprise and permit it “exclusivity” however added that group members had been additionally allowed to advertise their very own firms, free, of their posts.
Different companies had been additionally invited to purchase promotion by sponsoring the group’s cowl photograph – the massive photograph on the high of every web page – however not many did, the customer stated.
Mr Morter stated directors mustn’t earn money out of teams.
“You do it for the love of the place you reside. I am pleased with my city,” he stated.
Mr Morter additionally runs numerous music group fan pages and says that again in 2014 he was provided $four,000 (£three,100) from a US firm at hand over the rights to one in all them.
“They stated they had been a part of a advertising firm and ‘we would wish to put our personal commercials on there however we would not cease you placing your content material on there nonetheless’. They needed to regulate it.”
He didn’t promote the web page.
He stated that he had learn Fb’s Group Requirements and couldn’t see something about whether or not or not the apply of shopping for and promoting group rights was permitted.
“It is very imprecise – that is being well mannered about it,” he stated.
“There’s not likely wherever particular the place it says that you simply can not buy admin rights.”