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Facebook hates roleplayers

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In a recent article I explained how you can use Facebook for roleplaying. You can create a new profile for your character and post to your own wall and other people’s walls as your character, speaking as if you are the character updating their own Facebook account.

But roleplaying is something that Facebook doesn’t like.

Vice-Admiral KirkI just personally feel that Facebook doesn’t like our Hobby shall we say. It is a means of escaping real life pressures but facebook won’t allow us to do that.

Vice Admiral James T Kirk on Facebook

Facebook might delete you

That’s right, if you don’t use Facebook the way they intend for you to use it, your account might be deleted. If that happens, there’s no way to get it back. All you messages are deleted, all your wall posts deleted, all your friend connections, all your photos, all your Farmville scores are all deleted. I’ve seen it happen.

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  1. Pierre Raat
    December 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Oi. Can’t believe how many fake facebook profiles are on the site. Thousands and thousands, probably millions and millions, many created for a lark and abandoned. But many others by people looking to have some fun and be creative. facebook hunts them down and disables the accounts routinely. Can’t wait for the facebook-killer site that shuts Zuckerberg down.

    • ZedThePunkrocker
      June 15, 2014 at 4:55 am

      Sir, can i please give you a hug or a cookie? i just had like……..50 of my accounts shut down at oce, and the thing is? i used all of them.

  2. Alexander craib
    January 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I think theres been a Decrease Recently, I have talked to Mark and nothings happened to Roleplayers Recently

  3. Ellie Bryan
    January 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I role play the Tudor era of British history on FaceBook. We fell foul of one of the other groups that role plays “The Tudors” (the TV show), and they reported all of us. Seven members of our group lost their accounts, and in some cases there was over a years’ worth of work lost. Only yesterday, I had my main RP account shut down.It is likely that my role play group will either break up, or most of us will relocate to LiveJournal. Its’ such a pity. All we’re doing is trying to be creative with history and use FB as a platform for self-expression.

  4. stefania
    February 18, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    STUPID FACEBOOOOOK YOU CLOSED MY ACCOUNT WENDY TESTABURGER
    I WAS HAPPY! I WAS HAVE 900 FRIENDS AND 600 PHOTOS !! BASTARD!
    THE ROL PLAYS IS SUPER!!!
    -GRABS A GUN AND GO FACEBOOK COMPANY- HASTA LA VISTA BABY!!! -KILLS ALL THE PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK COMPANY-

    • February 18, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      If you hate Facebook so much, you could create a new game on OngoingWorlds instead!

    • June 9, 2012 at 1:54 am

      Eh, stop! -knocks the gun out of your hands-
      Let’s take Facebook over instead of killing. Make it… RP only. -laughs demonically-
      We can turn Facebook officials in to our mindless zombies! @.@
      -does a mad voodoo dance across the room-
      …Yeah, I wish that would work. -sighs- ( ._.)

    • June 9, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Eh, stop! -knocks the gun out of your hands-
      Let’s take Facebook over instead of killing. Make it… RP only. -laughs demonically-
      We can turn Facebook officials in to our mindless zombies! @.@
      -does a mad voodoo dance across the room-
      …Yeah, I wish that would work. -sighs- ( ._.)

  5. Fleet Captain Nathan Stesney
    March 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Personally I found this appalling. While I have not been active in any of my characters in some time, RP was something that was unlike anything else for me. It allowed me to explore the depth of my creative writing, even helped in the creation of my novel. To find such hate directed at my fellow Rpers… well it’s truly saddening.
    I have heard from many of my former RP friends that sitemodel is a safe haven for rpers. I may just give OngoingWorlds a gander.

    • March 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

      Hi Nathan, thanks for your comment! Yes it’s really frustrating that Facebook are doing this, although hardly surprising because it’s against their terms and conditions. There are many campaigns to raise awareness of this and to try to change Facebook’s minds about allowing roleplayers but I haven’t heard anything from the company themselves. I’ve heard regular complaints from people claiming their characters have been removed.

      • ZedThePunkrocker
        June 15, 2014 at 4:57 am

        All of mine were removed today, with my first Dante account being spared…..for now….

  6. March 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Clearly it’s not just roleplayers who are being deleted from Facebook, this Chinese journalist was deleted for using a false name:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/09/chinese-blogger-mark-zuckerberg-dog

  7. Jaimee Kitzmiller
    April 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    It is not right for roleplayers to be deleted.
    It will give facebook more money and everything so the site doesn’t close down due to lack of people online.
    I have met some amazing people on here during my years of roleplaying and i have roleplayed for 3 years.
    I will lose all of the friends i have made on facebook and everything.
    IT IS NOT RIGHT
    Constitution says everyone has the freedom of speech and everything
    why is this any different.
    I want to be able to roleplay on facebook without having to worry about finding a new site and making new friends and everything.

  8. Titanic77
    April 19, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I had a roleplay Facebook as Hanna Marin, from Pretty Little Liars. I was deleted just today, and was way dissapointed. I don’t get it. I’ve had that account for months, and now it’s gone. I had nearly 1,600 friends, and was a regular at roleplay. It was a form of self-expression. I was able to take myself out of my own life, and forget my problems for awhile, and deal with a fake problem, that I could make up on my own, possibly helping me with my own issues. I was able to talk to people I would never have found without it, and it sparks creativity. You can write your own story, take a character, and make it your own. I wasn’t a faker, I wasn’t a poser. Everybody needs a place where they can forget their problems, I live in a town where about my only option to talk to people is via Facebook, I learned about different cultures, and talked to many people that lived all over the world. It was a great experience, and I learned alot. I don’t get why Facebook deletes roleplayers, now I’ve lost connections with many people I was only able to talk to through roleplay.

  9. SquishyPies
    April 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Yeah, this is really sad. For over a year I’d been using my RP account as my real, honest-to-goodness account. I had tons of friends. I was being Konngara from the Touhou Project. I had finally met a ton of others JUST like me- I even met my MIRROR image- Someone irritable but nice, a gamer at heart. An otaku. I woke up the morning it started, though. I looked at my friends list and was shocked at the jump from 250 friends to 51. I looked around and found my RP boyfriend was missing, my favorite RPer vanished, and my favorite Patchouli Knowledge was now gone. I wanted to cry. What if I was next?! A whole year’s worth of RP, down the drain. I had to change my name and everything. I’m beginning to wonder what happened to the free-spirited, fun-loving Facebook that was so bad that it had to be replaced with the boring and strict Facebook. I no longer go on Facebook every day and find a rainbow of neon colors calling me over to escape my troubles. I now find a blue and white pit of boredom and despair pulling me in to remind me who I am and what I can’t do.

    TL;DR if you asked me “UMAD” the answer would be yes. :I

  10. joy_overloading
    June 19, 2011 at 5:46 am

    I’m a member of the “Saw” roleplay community on FB and it irritates me to watch my friends being deleted time after time. We’re having fun and not hurting anyone so exactly what the fark is the bug in Facebook’s pants? I back up my profile info and friends list regularly so I can be back in five minutes if they delete me, but that’s not the point.

  11. Marie
    June 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am a Facebook Roleplayer and have been deleted at least 11 times my account is a popular and would like to say to Mark..What is the point in deleting ppl “??? They make new accounts and start again ..I have made many friends out of doing this and will all re add me everytime ..Maybe you could spend your time deleting bullys or peodaphilles ..Just an idea ..You should just give us a chance let us be 🙂 It is just harmless fun ..and so you know i will never be stoped ..the only time i will stop is when i decide too …Maybe you could make a site just for RPers ?? called FaceBook/Roleplayers then we all win ..YOu made enough money from Facebook ..You could probably make more mohney from this ??

  12. Megas Blaziken
    July 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Personally, Facebook is now officially stupid. They never cease to understand that we’re all just having a harmless fun. If they want to delete a roleplayer so badly, delete the harmful ones. I never really liked Facebook in any sort of way and rarely come on since its nothing fun at all until I discover there is a actually roleplayers on Facebook and this is where I got more active and have some stress relieving fun. But most of these cases comes from idiotic trolls too that they reported your account for their own sheer pleasure. I hope they get what they deserve for deleting my Megas Blaziken account which has been a passion to me for 2 years now.

  13. Ashleigh Ermine
    August 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    They steal site-models pictures and claim that it’s them. They pretend to be Jenn Curbstomp And Jenna Mason. Jenna can’t even get a job because of people using her pictures. I see roleplayers and fakes as the same. Reoleplayers are just weird about it. Why not be yourself? And stop using sitemodel pictures! I’m pretty sure it’s illegal one way or another.

  14. olli78
    August 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’m a roleplayer, and I’ve had my account for about 9 months, if not longer. I have to have roleplay. I live in a terribly small town, and there’s really nothing I can do for fun. I leave my issues when I go on my roleplay account, I can just forget the world, and enter this fun world. I hope to be a writer someday, and roleplay is how a lot of ideas for in my head. I hate that ROLEPLAYERS are being deleted, the ones that admit their fake, and not the real person. Yet POSERS get to stay. The ones that say they’re the real celebrity/model. I don’t know why people look at them as the same, roleplayers are there for harmless fun, posers are there to trick people into thinking their talking to the real celebrity. It honestly pisses me off. I’m sick of it. And Facebook: If you delete my account, I’ll be back. That’s a promise. There’s no point deleting us.. Because we’ll come right back. I’ve lost 3 roleplay accounts, and I’m prepared to make as many more as I have to. Until there’s a better website, maybe even one just for roleplayers. Why not do that Facebook? We roleplayers have our place, where we can just roleplay. But then that honestly makes me feel like an animal. Like I have to be put in a certain spot, because I can’t be around other people.

  15. R
    August 11, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Instead of making a personal account meant to represent an actual person, why not just make a Page? For example, there’s /BrockObeezy who has over 129 thousand likes. We know the admins behind it are high school kids, but it’s a Page that can be ‘liked’ and not a personal profile that can be added as a friend. Know one will know who admins the Page unless you set it.

    • August 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

      I think that’s a good idea, and have seen some people doing this. I know you can “use” facebook as the page, so you can comment on people’s walls in-character, but I think there might be some interactions that you don’t get, although I’m not sure what they are – people who RP using Facebook might be able to tell you some reasons why it’s not ideal, but to me it seems a good idea.

  16. August 17, 2011 at 4:06 am

    I run one of the main Amy Pond rp pages, and it hasn’t been touched. (Hope I didn’t just jinx myself, since a fellow trekkie ran into problems when they hit over a thousand fans. RIP, old Captain Picard account.) I would hate to lose all the fans I’ve accumulated! -_-

  17. August 28, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Facebook isn’t a good place to roleplay. If you wanna roleplay go on http://www.myspace.com

    • August 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

      Really? I never imagined MySpace would be a good place for roleplayers. I don’t know anyone who uses MySpace anymore

  18. Unknown~~
    December 15, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I recently stared roleplaying this year, but it was only a month or two ago I made a Hetalia roleplay account. With this first account, I clearly stated I did not own Hetalia and that I was simply having fun. This account was an OC, so it did not use any particular character from the show.
    Then, I made another one. This account was for Liechtenstein, another character from Hetalia.
    A week within using it, it got deleted. To replace it, a made a Seychelles one. This one was deleted within 20 minutes. Thank God I still have my OC, I would go insane if I lost her.
    Recently a ton of accounts were deleted, leaving me with no way to contact my friends that helped me cope with so much. This is just WRONG.

  19. John Doe
    December 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Perhaps roleplayers should flock to Google plus…
    http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/10/20/1845252/google-to-end-real-names-policy

  20. The_Lady_Competitor
    March 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I run three roleplay groups on facebook (although I’m currently on leave from them) they’re all Doctor Who roleplay groups (sort of) and they all interconnect, we have recently been “culled” by facebook, and several of our members have been deleted, facebook has also been deleting our sister groups, our main group “Children of Gallifrey” has actually had to stop all ongoing roleplay and limit it only to chat, it’s really quite sad…

  21. March 19, 2012 at 4:49 am

    facebook needs to ligten up and stop hating roleplayers

  22. Nicepix~
    March 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    A friend of mine had his account deleted purposely when someone jacked all his info and reported him. He lost it all and they got away scott free, I mean they took everything from posts he’d written to all the custom weapons he’d designed. It was BAD. And they did nothing to the other guy. He had to make a new account and the plagiarist did it again but didn’t take his weapons which was the only thing he really cared about. It’s still not fair though. And because Facebook now has a cap on how many friend requests you can send and accept he can’t even add everyone back right away. :/ At least he showed them he won’t stay down. d ^__^ b

  23. kingape1
    May 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I made an rp acct to rp with my gf for the anime hetalia, her main acct got deleted again along with my main and very recently i cant access my newer main. Whats dumb is how facebook needs you to have a phone number, my gf used to use a prepaid but no longer does so her acct was linked to her prepaid, now she cant get on that acct without receiving the confirmation from the prepaid that she cant even see! seriously… facebook… what if someone doesn’t have a phone? i know it may sound silly in this day and age but some people don’t. before my acct was disabled i was reading that peoples friends list dropped from 2k to 1k and now i guess if they even suspect that ur acct is fake, they ask for you to confirm your acct with a phone number, so unless you have multiple phones at ur disposal you can only do this once… so you have a choice, your rl acct or just ONE rp acct…

    • May 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Are you sure Facebook needs a phone number? I don’t think I’ve ever needed to add a number. Especially not on my roleplay account.

  24. Katherine
    May 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Facebook has now gone on the deletion rampage. Me among alot of other friends have been deleted. And about 5 mins after I made a new account I got deleted, yesterday and today they have been deleting alot of people. I have lost alot of my friends so thank you facebook. And honestly, we are learning new cultures, improving our writing skills and haveing a bit of fun. So why do this facebook, your not helping. And facebook seems to think this will go unnoticed but apperently they dont know roleplayers. We will spred the news and will do everything in our power till it is stoped, cause that is just how roleplayers are.

  25. Kitty
    May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Nearly all of my accounts I have to use a phone to confirm it with, it’s ridiculous I mean we as roleplayers are doing what Facebook is there for we are connecting with people and talking to them. This is stupid as you have to possibly ask some of your roleplay friends to help you with the phone confirm I don’t see why they can’t use email or photos to confirm like before. As they are singling us out from others.

    • May 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Technically it’s against their terms and conditions and they’re being strict on it. They want to collect information about real people, so they can advertise to us. But people playing characters confuses them.
      I’d stay give up on Facebook and use somewhere else to roleplay, join a game on OngoingWorlds.com, or find a game using pbem2.com

  26. Kitty
    May 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    There are other ways to collect information like the good old way of questionnaires and surveys.

  27. Hades Baasch Saiyajin
    May 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I am Hades, ruler of the darkside and mighty immortal saiyan of long lost times *stands up, with a air of mightyness and wisdom, looking dashingly handsome, with earphones in ears listining to eminem* i am looking for a site that is as cheap and easy to use as fb ( because fb has deleted me, again ) where i can be myself ( which is a huge asshole ) and not have to see my friends fanish and worry bout myself. Is this possible?

    ( i rock )

  28. Sparklene Elizabeth Lectric'the-second
    May 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’ve been roleplaying on Facebook for four years. Last month, I was almost deleted.

  29. June 9, 2012 at 1:47 am

    They’re not fake! To me, my RP account is a more real part of my life than my RL account. I’ve heard of people getting shut down. If this ever happens to me, I will go balistic. I will NOT allow RP to be taken away from me or my friends. It’s a way to escape the stress of RL.

  30. June 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I have roleplayed for what is it 3 years now. I have got my favorite accounts deleted before. And I didn’t attract any attention. So I don’t know why it did that. I have this new account of the same one because it makes me enter a phone number. WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DONT HAVE PHONES! I think that we should be able to carry on because there is nothing wrong with what we are doing. I have accounts were they made me feel more confedent in myself. I am more out there then before. I know how to solve problem easier now that I have the ability to say ive gone through that before.-

  31. July 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    This is why a Facebook friend and I are starting what we hope will be the single biggest pro-roleplay petition Facebook has ever seen. Join it, and let’s hope we can make a difference!
    https://www.facebook.com/OperationFreeToRp

    • July 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

      There have been petitions before. I think actually instead of creating another new one we should all collaborate together on an existing one

  32. Kurale
    July 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I have been a Roleplayer for about a year now, and i Used that to get away from stress at school and in life, RP made me happy when i was depressed, and then facebook deleted ALL of my accounts, i had four to my name plus a RL account, all i have is the RL account now, and it is really bad, I don’t want to lose any of those friends that i got and the fun that i had. and why should they even ask for your phone number? 1 some people don’t have a cell, and 2, that information should stay private! Facebook doesn’t need vital information.

  33. Aria
    July 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve been on roleplay for over a year. &my account was deleted. So, i made a new one. But, facebook deleted that one too. RP was my escape from all the bad things in RL. The people on there understood me. And they didn’t judge me. They should allow people to have roleplay because it’s just like dating sites. You meet new people. And it’s millions of new people on facebook, so mark should be happy. And now i hear that he is deleting all RP’s by tonight. Good luck with that. Their never going to fully go away. I love RP & i never want to lose ANY of the friends i’ve made on there.

  34. J
    January 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    My RP accounts don’t get deleted, because you put a phone number in – the one you would never use. Also make sure the name looks real so it will be accepted. When using a rank don’t use the proper English spelling, alter it by using a special letter eg á, é , œ.

  35. May 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I have a great solution! Go to this site http://www.bebo.com Its more roleplayers these days, and its so much easier then Facebook. Your pages don’t get deleted, and the officials that control bebo, have ALLOWED roleplaying. It’s even listed as an option on their wiki page..seriously! I have a few roleplay pages on there, and it seems that everyone is leaving bebo to roleplay on facebook. There are plenty of still active people on bebo who roleplay, and we are always searching for others to join bebo. Please, everyone, just think it over 🙂 And if you make a page, add my active Loki page, based on the character from the marvel movie verse.
    http://www.bebo.com/AsgardianPirate

  36. February 25, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Why would anyone waste their time roleplaying on a website that no one understands how to use and wasn’t even made for roleplaying? What you should be doing is creating an account at http://RolePlayer.me it is like the OLD Myspace. 🙂

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