I'm trying to help set up a Facebook marketing campaign for a small business in the U.S. I did this a few years back, but something has changed since. This time I couldn't find a way to set up a Facebook business account (i.e. Page) without having a personal account.
Since I deleted my personal Facebook a while back, nor that I would use it to set up someone else's business page, I tried to create a personal account for the owner. Real name and everything. And right off the bat it got blocked. (I was using a personal email account for the business owner, that was something like firstname.lastname@example.org.) Right off the bat they wanted me to upload the personal picture, provide a cells phone number and then verify it. I did all that. Then they let me create it.
I then created a business page, uploaded a logo and a wide banner on the top. But then when I was in the process of going through other settings, they blocked that account again. It said that to secure my account I need to upload a personal picture. Again! So I did it again. Then it took them about 24 hrs to unblock that account.
So yesterday I was prepping up the business page when right in the middle of saving my data, it repeated this again. Seriously!
Here's the sequence:
1. This page first comes up:
We want to make sure your account is secure |
We've recently noticed unusual activity from your account. We've logged you out to help keep Facebook safe for you and everyone else.
To get you back into your account, we'll walk you through a few steps.
3. Then they want me to upload a photo:
Upload A Photo Of Yourself |
To get back on Facebook, upload a photo that clearly shows your face. Make sure the photo is well-lit and isn't blurry. Don't include other people in the shot.
We use this photo to help us check that this account belongs to you. We'll delete the photo once we've done this, and it will never appear on your profile.
Photo Uploaded |
Thanks, <name>. We'll send an update once we've reviewed your photo.
We're always looking out for your security, so until then you won't be able to use Facebook.
This has happened 3 times already!
So what am I doing wrong? (Well, besides using Facebook.)