In this guide we’ll be covering everything you need to know about Facebook jail.
After reading this guide, you should understand:
- The definition of Facebook jail
- Why people are put in FB jail
- How to know if you’re in Facebook jail
- What Facebook jail looks like
- How to get out of FB jail
- How long Facebook jail lasts
- How to avoid Facebook jail
- And lots more
Let’s dive in.
What is Facebook Jail?
Facebook Jail is a term used to describe when a user is banned, blocked from accessing their account, or from posting on Facebook. It is not an actual jail.
In 2016, Facebook and it’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, faced backlash after the presidential election for not policing and monitoring their content enough.
With Facebook being a place where there is a strong dissemination of information, some true and some false, they needed a way to further monitor the information put on their platform.
This is one of the reasons “Facebook jail” was implemented.
Why Are People Put in Facebook Jail?
People are often put in Facebook jail due to performing spammy behavior on the platform or performing actions that do not comply with the platform’s guidelines.
7 Common Reasons People End up in Facebook Jail
When it comes to spamming, it can apply to different things such as posting too quickly or sending out too many friend requests.
Posting Too Quickly
You can get flagged for posting too quickly and often. This means posting back to back posts one after the other especially if it’s the same information.
The reason this can lead to a flagging from Facebook is because this is how bots often act.
To avoid this, just leave some time between each post.
Too Many Friend Requests
The other form of spamming is from sending too many friend requests.
If you send too many friend requests, Facebook could see this as a bad thing because once again, this is how bots behave.
Sending out lots of friend requests, especially to people you may not know, can lead to a visit to Facebook jail. The same applies to sending out too many Facebook group requests.
2. Inappropriate and Explicit Content
The second reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to posting inappropriate or explicit content.
Posting images that are sexually suggestive or nudity on Facebook goes against the community guidelines and standards.
Also avoid posting content regarding self-harm, hate speed, or threats to avoid a trip to Facebook jail.
3. Posting Flagged Images or Videos
The third reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to posting flagged images or videos.
If Facebook has marked or flagged certain images due to spam or for violating the terms, and you post them in your own posts, this can lead to Facebook flagging you — which can lead to a trip to Facebook jail.
4. Logging into Multiple Accounts at Same Time
The fourth reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to logging into multiple accounts at the same time.
If you login to Facebook using different accounts at the same time, this can trigger a flag from Facebook and can lead to a trip to Facebook jail.
The reason for this is that this is how bots often behave.
It’s recommended that you just use one account on a single device and if you need to have two accounts open at the same time that you use a different device.
5. Automated Software
The fifth reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to using automated software.
Using automated software on the platform is a no-no.
Most automated softwares are programmed to automatically like or comment on posts.
With that being said, if you also do these actions manually such as liking or commenting on posts very quickly and in masses, Facebook might think you are either botting or using an automated software.
In either case, both call for a trip to Facebook jail.
6. Fake Accounts
The 6th reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to using fake or imposter accounts.
If Facebook notices you using a fake account due to multiple people reporting your account, then it’s a trip to Facebook jail.
7. Fraud Payments
The 7th reason people end up in Facebook jail is due to suspicious payments.
If you make a payment using a fraudulent card, Facebook will ban your account and off to Facebook jail you will go.
What Does Facebook Jail Look Like?
If you’re in Facebook jail, you will know because you will notice certain new restrictions on your account.
You may or may not receive an email or notification from Facebook and it is only when you try to perform certain actions that you will get a notification.
How do You Know If You’re In Facebook Jail?
Such actions include but may not be limited to:
- Not being able to post on your timeline, on other pages, or groups
- Not being able to “like” on other’s posts or picture
- Not being able to comment on other’s posts or pictures.
- Being blocks from accessing your own page or account
This can be a major pain especially if you run Facebook groups and if you use Facebook as a part of your business — especially if you didn’t know you did anything wrong.
With that being said, how do you get out of Facebook jail?
How Do You Get Out of Facebook Jail?
So okay, you’re in Facebook jail maybe by accident or because you did violate some of their guidelines — how do you get out of it?
When it comes to getting out of Facebook jail, there are three options.
1. Serve Your Sentence
The first way to get out of Facebook jail is to just “serve” your sentence. In other words, just wait it out.
If you are in Facebook jail, as mentioned, you will receive a notification if you try to post on your timeline or anything of the sorts that will say your actions are restricted. Within the notification it should also state how long you will be restricted.
If you are only in “Facebook jail” for a day or two then it might be best just to wait it out. But let’s say you committed a serious “felony,” and have to be in Facebook jail for a while — then what are your options?
The second way to get out of Facebook jail is to file an appeal.
If you know for a fact that you did nothing wrong, then you can select the “This is a mistake” option in the notification and file for an appeal.
You will receive the result of your appeal via email.
3. Create New Account
The third way to get out of Facebook jail is to create a new account.
This option should be the last resort and only be used if you are in Facebook jail permanently/you are blocked.
This may not be ideal especially if you are running a Facebook group for your business, however, you must have really broken the guidelines to end up in this situation so just chalk it up to a learning experience.
With that being said, if you are in this situation, just make sure to follow the Facebook terms and rules next time to avoid any future hassles.
How Long Does Facebook Jail Last?
How long you have to “serve” your Facebook jail sentence depends on the type of blocking you received.
You can either be temporarily or permanently placed in Facebook jail. In other words, temporarily blocked or permanently blocked.
If you have been placed in Facebook jail temporarily then you will receive a notification on when your account will be unlocked.
Being temporarily blocked is the lowest level offense when it comes to Facebook jail and these don’t last long, maybe just a day or two.
It is always changing though, so just pay attention to the date it says in the notification when you try to perform a blocked action such as posting on your timeline or commenting on a post.
When it comes to being permanently blocked, it is a more serious and “permanent” situation.
In a less severe form of a permanent block, you may only have some features of the account blocked permanently such as commenting and liking on posts but you could still access other features.
In the most severe form of a permanent block, then this means a complete ban on your Facebook account. It’s a life sentence in Facebook jail.
How to Avoid Facebook Jail?
The best way to avoid Facebook jail, even in its most minor form is to understand Facebook’s Terms and Conditions.
But being realistic, who reads through the whole terms and conditions? With that being said, here is a quick summary of things you should not do:
- Spam post creations back to back
- Don’t post inappropriate content
- Don’t send more than 50 friend requests a day
- Don’t join more than 10 Facebook groups a day
- Don’t spam add or tag people in posts or pictures
- Don’t post spam videos or images such as giveaways
- Don’t use automated software or scripts to post content
- Don’t use face accounts
Outside of avoiding these actions, some additional steps to protect your account include:
- Completing your Facebook profile
Make sure you fill out your profile details so that it is a complete profile.
Check out your page and make sure all the details in the “About” section are filled out and accurate.
- Verify account via mobile
Verify your account via mobile by adding your phone number to your account. This will show Facebook that you are a real person and not a fake or bot account.
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Nate Joaquin Torres is a portrait photographer based in Southern California. As a photographer, Nate loves testing different photography styles and gear to expand his skill set. Outside of photography, Nate enjoys learning about new digital marketing strategy and new ways to think creatively. Nate is also the founder of Imaginated.com, a media company dedicated to inspiring digital-age artists and creators in business, artistry, and mind. Connect with him on Instagram.