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How many Facebook accounts can one have ?

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Can anyone tell me if you are able to open more than one facebook account ?


I have read a few things online....that suggest various things...


Such as you can open more than one account using just one email address...


Other things suggest that you can open only one FB account per email address..


other things say your only supposed to have one FB account...


or some say that FB may make out that they only want you to have one FB acount, but you can have more than one in reality /  legally or within their rules..


Its often suggested that also you need to open a FB account with your real name...


But I am aware of some people using made up names ! and also having more than one account sometimes with the same names ( or closely related) that they use...



I would like to open a couple of accounts ...but not in my real name .. just for browsing sake....I dont really intend to post under them..


but I am trying to be sure on how best to go about it... as I am also told that you can get banned permanently in some cases if they find out your doing certain things wrong..


This is one of  Facebooks info pages on "Names"... that may offer certain guidance... but Im not sure it totally or fully explains on certain things or may appear to contradict a few things.. and seems to be left to ones own views on how we interpret or perceive it ... or on our  estimated views on how its worded...


It mentions about some variation in selecting or editing a name...   but I am not sure if this is based on us just having one account...


so we may have one account and could change the name...if thats their rule..  but I dont think it seems to indicate that you could open another account using another name...





This is on editing ones name...







Thanks in advance if anyone can advise..

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Take a look here:


and scroll down to section 4.1 and 4.2



if you were, don't even think about using Win XP for it.....that would really be asking for trouble!


The link I have provided is from their UK site but I think their terms are similar in most areas of the world.



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Good find  "Paws"...


ref 4.2 does seem to clarify what I was asking about...


which does now at least make me fully aware of what  FBs rule is on how many accounts we are supposed to be allowed... Officially !


Whether they really check everyones accounts... or not may be another question if one decides to risk having more...  I certainly dont think that was the case a few years ago.. for those who may have more..

but it maybe that anyone opening one now is at more risk of being detected..


and I asume maybe some people have ways of trying to cover their ISP etc if they do so and maybe your suggesting Old Op systems like XP... would maybe more easily alert them.


I am not sure however how they could perminently ban or stop anyone opening another account at some other time if they have banned them initially...if say a person opened up another account on another ISP..


I do think that many people have more than one account and as long as they are careful and dont abuse in using them in anyway... that may alert them to any isues...

It seems that you would not be causing any problems.


I thought maybe the one account rule may have been more of an issue if you have a business account with FB...where one does need to be upfront in giving ones personal details if they say intended to advertise / promote  or sell their products goods services or  on FB.


but just to browse on FB and if one does not post any comments.. or only an odd one or to say use it  for personal messages(). you would not think having more than one account would be a concern to them.


It does seem the risk is with the individual  if they chance opening other accounts...and you have to accept that you could be permanently banned if detected.


I think those that have achieved opening  a 2nd account have used a different name and email and maybe opened it on another ISP to their home or regular location..


Many thanks for finding those details .

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