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Facebook's Punctuation Police

Apparently Facebook doesn’t approve of how I punctuate. The nerve.

I’m testing out their new ad system today (your feedback welcome), and they told me, "The text of your ad cannot contain 2 punctuation marks/signs in a row."


Screenshot below (click for full size).


It turns out you also can’t say the word "shit" but you can say "crap." Live and learn.

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  • November 7, 2007

    Like this?? Shit, that’s stupid!!

  • November 7, 2007

    ad looks fine to me, where do they get these rules from.

  • November 15, 2007

    I’m happy to report that, from this side of the Atlantic, your prose looks fine.
    I could understand banning triple exclamation marks (and, as the feeds develop, reporting the writers of such things to the appropriate mental health departments!), but disallowing other marks immediately inside parentheses feels over the top.
    Mark in autumnal West Sussex, England


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