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Facebook bans selling administration rights for community groups

Facebook has outlawed the selling of administration rights for community groups.

The world-famous social networking platform has taken the decision following a BBC News report, which found that a number of group owners had been approached about selling their pages.

Responding to the report, Facebook explained that the issue related to the spam part of its Community Standards rules.

A rep for the company said: "We do not allow people to sell site privileges on Facebook, which includes selling admin roles or space on a page or group to display a third-party ad.

"We disabled the account reported to us by the BBC in November and urge our community to report cases like this so we can investigate and take swift action."

Typically, community groups are set up by Facebook members in the local area, and they are used to discuss local issues and publish details about impending events.

Earlier this year, meanwhile, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Nick Clegg was warned he risks his reputation unless he turns Facebook into a "powerful voice for liberalism".

Paddy Ashdown - another former leader of the British political party - issued a warning to Clegg after he was made the head of its global affairs and communications team

He tweeted: "My good friend Nick Clegg's reputation as a powerful voice for liberalism and democracy will now depend on his ability to persuade Facebook to be a global campaigner for the same values (sic)"

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