Facebook check-ins around the world… or why Facebook needed city names back from local governments!

I recently found out that Facebook pages of city government accounts were blocked without warning and account holders weren’t allowed to access their pages. After contacting Facebook, they were informed that using a city name violates Facebook’s Terms of Service Agreements. Subsequently, Facebook started to enforce this requirement across the world.

Today Facebook posted the following graphic showing the number of check-ins on Facebook at the beginning of the vacation season. I believe this is evidence why Facebook started to enforce its own rules after they had ignored them for a few years:

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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