StartupNation 1, Facebook Squatter 0

Latest posts by Rich Sloan (see all)

Similar to our efforts on Twitter to claim the account name, we have now achieved something similar for

As I wrote a while ago here in my blog about the Twitter squatter who was trying to extort StartupNation, there are definitely systems in place at the social media companies that support ethical companies and certainly intellectual property rights of individuals and companies. Twitter worked on our behalf to wrestle away the /startupnation account for us given that it was a registered trademark owned by our business and was obviously strategic to us as well as a source of confusion in the marketplace under the squatter’s control. They quickly moved the account into our control.

Now through the encouragement of Daliah Saper of Saper Law, we’ve done the same thing at Facebook. In less than 24 hours, by following their simple, clear instructions, we were able to pull away from the squatter and now have that username as our own, appropriately so.

Here’s the simple, step-by-step process we followed in case you have a squatter issue and/or trademark issue as it relates to a Facebook username:

  1. Go to the bottom of any Facebook page. Click on the link called “Terms.”
    For your convenience, that link is here.
  2. Scroll down to #5, “Protecting Other People’s Rights,” and select “How to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement”.
    For your convenience that link is here.
  3. For copyright infringement, scroll down to “How to report claims of copyright infringement by users” and select the link.
    For your convenience, that link is here.
  4. For trademark (or other intellectual property concerns), which was what applied to our situation given our registered trademark for StartupNation that the squatter was unethically using for their benefit, scroll down to “How to report other claims of intellectual property infringement by users” and select the link.
    For your convenience, that link is here.

We are always looking out for you and hope that you find similar success and satisfaction in the process, which is set up and well enforced by Facebook.

We hope that you can soon make your own blog entry titled, “Me 1, Facebook Squatter 0”!


Previous Article

Attention eBay sellers! Join me on April 22nd for awesomeness! Audio File Now Available!

Next Article

Mobile Coupon Apps: 9 Best for Marketing Your Business

Related Posts
home-based businesses
Read More

The Value of Home-Based Businesses to Economic Recovery

The challenge of America’s economic recovery, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, is to spread it to every community – and especially those that have been historically excluded. The key to meeting that challenge is to appreciate the civic and economic value of an overlooked resource: home-based businesses. There are about 16 million home-based...
Read More

WJR Business Beat: E-Commerce Sees Downturn in Post-Pandemic Era (Episode 405)

On today's Business Beat, Jeff Sloan explores the reasons behind a downturn in e-commerce sales. His forecast? We are simply returning to a post-pandemic balance of online and in-store shopping. Tune in to today's Business Beat to learn what your best approach as a small business should be moving forward:     Tune in to...
Read More

5 Ways to Leverage Crypto to Scale Your Business

For businesses to grow and scale, they need to find new and innovative ways to improve their products and services and make their business processes more efficient. One way that many businesses are achieving these goals is by tapping into the world of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency adoption among businesses and consumers has never been higher. It...
Read More

Business Entity Types Affect Financing Options

One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make for your new business is to determine a business entity type. While the topic may seem daunting for new entrepreneurs, establishing a business entity early on is vital because the structure you choose will have financial and legal implications for your business. One of the...