Facebook Reinstates 47,000+ Member Fan Page

Like a thief in the night Facebook took away Jonathan Rivera’s business page, The Official Real Estate Referral Group, that had more than 47,000 fans.

Now it looks like Facebook is doing the walk of shame or maybe just what they should have done in the first place.  After this post was Tweeted nearly 400 times and shared on Facebook 315 times in the last 24 hours it seems that they have reinstated the page and simply changed the vanity URL as was the general consensus of fairness by the masses buzzing about it.

Facebook reverses decision

The issue in question was that Jon’s original vanity URL, set up nearly 2 years ago, was Facebook.com/SocialRealtors and was indeed a trademark violation regarding the use of the word Realtor according to the National Association of Realtors.  NAR contacted Facebook about having the domain changed and instead, without warning, Facebook took the page and thus the hard built community away from Jon.

I want to applaud Facebook for making the right decision on this one, even if they again hit the buttons without warning or notice. Also a HUGE THANKS for the way that so many of you rallied around this hot topic and helped to get the word out.

You can visit Jon’s new, uglier domain and see the page that started all the controversy in the first place.  While your there show him some “like” for his troubles.

Seems for now social media may still be run by us!

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  1. Steve @Erraticblog July 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Great to hear. Oh the power of social media… it’s a beautiful thing!

  2. Richard July 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Was just about to post about this on our site but saw that this was reinstated. Great news and shows the power of social media!

  3. Millie Rios August 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I’m surprise it took NAR TWO years to know about this! In our code it clearly states that the word “Realtor” is a trademark not to be used outside of the “official entity.” Lesson learned! But, glad to know it was reinstated.

  4. Brent Norris September 27, 2010 at 6:12 am - Reply

    that’s fair.

    Would be nice to better understand the qualifications of Facebook Staff that is capable of shutting down FB pages.

    Surely, they’re nice folks with good intentions. Surely it’s a huge challenge to come into work everyday knowing that you have another thousand cases to review and surely it sucks to know it’s going to be that way for the next year.

    But who are these kind folk that have this huge responsibility? Are they software folk? Social Psychologists? What kind of training do they have?

    Just curious and ALWAYS doing my best to educate my clients so they can stay in compliance…

  5. Tom McEvoy October 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    If one is a ‘REALTOR’ then how can we get some clarification on allowed use? Whether on Facebook, Twitter, etc?

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