Facebook Jail: 13 Secrets To Avoid Being Blocked On Facebook

Written by Franklin Hatchett

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Is there such a thing as Facebook Jail? Yes, there is. Facebook Jail refers to a situation where a person’s account is blocked or suspended.

As entrepreneurs, we all know how important Facebook is. Whether you are operating an e-commerce store or a brick-and-mortar store, Facebook is essential for your marketing campaigns.

But how can you avoid being blocked? The only way to prevent Facebook Jail is by following Facebook’s rules, and this is what we are going to talk about today.

What I am going to share with you today are secrets that nobody talks about. Why would someone expose his experience about Facebook disabling his account, right?

I do not want this to happen to you, so we better get started.

What is Facebook Jail?

To help you understand better, Facebook Jail refers to any kind of suspension or block. In most cases, Facebook will not allow you to use some of their tools.

For example, you cannot post content in a group. In some cases, your Ad Account is blocked so you cannot run ads, and you have to reach out to Facebook’s advertising team to get it unlocked.

In worst cases, you cannot even add a friend. You see, Facebook and other social media sites are smart. Their systems know if you are a spammer or if you are using robots to add friends.

While Facebook likes you to use its platform for marketing, it does not like abusive behavior, more so if you are posting illegal or offensive content, like hate speech or pornography.

There are two main types of blocking: temporary and permanent.

Temporary Facebook Jail

This is a situation where your privileges are suspended for a short time. For example, you cannot post any more comment in a group. This usually happens when you spam the group with your links.

A block like this only takes a short period, mostly 24 hours. After this time frame, you can re-access the feature. But beware—if you keep repeating the same behavior, Facebook may ban you permanently.

Permanent Facebook Jail

What this means is that your account is closed forever. You wasted your time, your content, your followers, and all the assets that come with your Facebook page.

While post violations should be obvious, there simply are people out there who do not understand what is right or wrong. We will discuss these violations in the next section, and we will include some things that you did know Facebook does not like—things that Facebook finds suspicious even if you are just doing them naturally.

13 Secrets to Avoid Being Blocked You Must Know

There are thousands of reasons to find yourself in Facebook Jail. However, we can put all these reasons under 13 different categories.

1. Spamming groups

If you post multiple contents at the same time to different groups, Facebook is going to disable your privilege to post. Why? Because Facebook sees this as spam.

Many online entrepreneurs like dropshippers post a single link or message in different Facebook Groups to promote their content. They do this in a matter of minutes so they can move on to their other tasks. To them, they have done a good job in dropping links to several groups—that thousands of members will see these links.

To Facebook’s eyes, this is spam. And rightfully so because the spammer is not adding value to the community. If you do this, you are also trying to beat the system. Facebook wants marketers to use its advertising platform, but what you are doing is trying to advertise without paying.

Spamming is a bad practice. Nobody wants your links in the first place. Facebook takes too much care to avoid spamming its users with ads. If you violate this rule, your account shall be suspended.

2. Adding friends too much

Facebook knows that adding too many friends will results in one thing: you will have a bigger network. If you have a big network, you can advertise your items to a larger number of people.

Facebook wants its users to have a great experience—re-connecting with old friends or meeting new people. It is just unbelievable for somebody to know so many people right away.

In short, you are abusing Facebook’s system of connecting people together. Facebook was created to make long lost friends re-connect. This takes a while to do naturally, but if you just keep on adding random people, Facebook’s algorithm will know.

Why is this bad? It is bad because you are not in the platform to gain friends or a relationship. You are just in it to advertise and spam people. You see, people do not like getting spam, and Facebook knows this.

3. Re-posting other contents

There are so many things that go on behind Facebook. They have robots that can identify spam. One spam is duplicate content.

If you re-post other people’s contents as your own, Facebook will eventually find out, and these posts will be flagged as spam.

How does Facebook know this?

For one, many online contents are reported to Facebook and other social media networks or search engines as spam. If you re-post these contents, they will know.

If you post someone else’s content that Facebook has already crawled, or if it is in its database, it may be flagged as spam. It is ok to post links and share media, but not to copy someone else’s post. You may be reported, or Facebook may find the duplicate content on its own.

If you post the same content over and over again, this is also duplicate content. Again, Facebook wants a great experience for its users.

4. Using the wrong account type

Facebook wants you to use different account types for different purposes. A personal account, which refers to your profile, is personal. You should never use that to advertise, or you will be marked as spam.

Facebook has business accounts for businesses, and brand accounts for influencers. They also allow accounts for groups.

This is done for a reason—to make Facebook users have the privilege to identify who they are dealing with. Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, believes in transparency. This is one of the reasons why you need to use your real name for your profile, and then build business or brand pages under that profile.

Credibility is what is at stake here. Facebook does not like it when you hide behind fictitious names or if you use the wrong account type because you are misleading people.

5. Malicious posts

A malicious post is one of the most immediate reasons for you to get banned. Malicious posts are those that are hateful—posts that make people angry and posts that bully others.

Here are some examples of malicious posts:

  • Anything that is hateful
  • Racial slurs
  • Rude comments
  • Instigating a fight against others
  • Comments and posts that are sexual in nature
  • Posts that divide people
  • Comments about gender and religious issues that are not helpful but rather divisive

Facebook does not want to hamper freedom of speech. However, many people misunderstand what freedom of speech means—these people cannot differentiate freedom of speech from malice and libel.

Also, Facebook is a social media platform that is not strictly for adults only. A lot of children and teenagers use the platform, and there are so many types of content that should never be shown to young people. If you violate any of these rules, your account may be banned permanently.

6. Illegal posts

Illegal posts are different from malicious posts in the sense that you are trying to promote illegal substances or activities.

Here are some examples:

  • Guns
  • Murder
  • Prostitution
  • Scam networks

One example here is pornography, which is illegal in many countries. You cannot post nude content on the platform, even if your business is legal. There is a difference between nude art and pornography, and Facebook is going to investigate you on this.

Another example is drugs. If you are promoting content about illegal substance, like cocaine or heroin, you will be banned without question.

In some countries, marijuana is legal. If you have a marijuana store, Facebook is likely going to ask you for legal documents providing that you are authorized to sell this drug, or medicinal items derive from hemp and cannabis.

In any case, you should not be posting any content that is illegal. Again, Facebook is not just for adults, and it is not a place where you can reach out to people to violate the law.

7. Black hat engagement activities

These are activities that involve spam and robots. It also involves fake followers and likes. As you can see, there are many people out there who want to have a lot of followers, but they do not want to build their brand organically.

What they do is use robots to follow a lot of people and pages, hoping they would get these people to follow them back.

Another black hat method of building followers and getting likes is by buying them. There are so many companies and individuals that offer this, and you can mostly find them in Freelance marketplaces.

If you buy your followers or likes, and if you are using robots to like other pages and sites, you are not a credible entity. Facebook wants businesses to grow organically, not through black hat practices. Again, a business must have credibility.

8. Irregular posting

Facebook is going to close your account if you do not post regularly. If you created a Facebook page, this page must have fresh content.

There is no data to show how often a Facebook page must launch new content. Generally speaking. Facebook will send you a notification that you have no posted anything for a while. If this happens, you need to post something new.

Over a long period of time, Facebook will also warn you that your page has not posted for a long time, that it is inactive and that Facebook is going to shut it down.

Why will Facebook do this? An inactive account occupies server space. Instead of Facebook using that space to store other users’ information, that space is just sitting there occupied by your data.

Facebook is a business, and it has to cut costs as any business should. Any space in the storage is not contributing to its business and should be removed.

9. Use of bots and scripts

Automated software is not always wrong. For example, you can use applications like Hootsuite to schedule your posts on Facebook. However, there are scripts and robots that do nothing but spam.

Here are some examples of Facebook scripts:

  • Inviting people to like your page or react to your posts
  • Using a script to automatically like all comments or reply to all of them
  • Scrips that automatically block or approve comments, or those that automatically accept or decline invitations

Apps like Hootsuite do not spam. They publish your posts, so you do not have to do it manually all the time. They also provide you with analysis tools. Software that creates spam content is banned on Facebook.

10. Advertising violation

While Facebook has strict advertising rules, there are some situations when robots allow your ads to run. However, some people mask their advertising content and links by using techniques like cloaking nor redirects.

For example, a person would advertise on Facebook about a recipe book. The ad has a link that leads to a recipe website. Once that ad runs, the person will redirect the website URL to a pornographic site.

Facebook is going to find this out eventually, and your account will be suspended, if not banned permanently.

Here are some examples:  

  • Personal Attributes – you should not advertise for a celebrity unless you are the celebrity
  • Sexually Suggestive Content – anything that is about sex; examples are sex toys and pornographic materials, including sex books
  • Facebook's Brand – you cannot use any property of Facebook on your ads like its logo or its name, or even screenshots of its pages without absolute permission from Facebook

In most cases, your ad account will be suspended if you created an ad that violates Facebook rules. The ad does not even have to run—Facebook will catch the violation before it approves the ad.

11. Liking too many Facebook accounts

Even if you do not use scripts and robot, you should not like a lot of pages. This is a controversial rule. What happens if you like too many pages is that Facebook's algorithm may not be able to show you the appropriate ads.

Facebook also considers this activity as spamming people. It is difficult to believe for one person to like hundreds of pages at any given time.

In Facebook’s eyes, you are merely liking all these pages hoping that you can get some likes and comments. Even if you are not using robots, you are still gaming the system.

In short, you are taking chances to get more likes so your content will be viewed more often on people’s feeds.

The trick here is to control how many pages you like. There is no limit to the number of posts and pages you can like in the lifetime of your account. However, there is a limit to the number of pages and posts you can like per day.

12. Having multiple accounts

Facebook does not like it if you have multiple accounts. In its eyes, you are creating multiple fake personalities.

Facebook wants one person to only have one profile. After all, you are a single person. If you create multiple accounts, you are going to log out from one account and then log in to the other. The Facebook robots will find out that several accounts are logging in from the same device.

If this happens, Facebook is going to think that you are either a hacker or that you are maintaining different Facebook profiles.

What you have to do is to create only one Facebook profile, and then create different pages under that profile.

This will tell Facebook that all these businesses are owned by one real person who is doing business online.

13. Joining bad groups

The last in our list of getting into Facebook Jail is joining bad groups. Facebook is a community built on humanity.

If you join Facebook groups that are anti-Jews, racist, or those that are spreading fake news, your Facebook account will be banned. It does not matter if you created that Facebook page or not. The mere fact that you joined it can get you banned.

Summary

If you follow Facebook’s rules and regulations, your account will not be suspended. The worst thing that can happen is if Facebook completely close your account. Setting up a new social media website is a horrific experience.

If this happens, you have to start from scratch, re-post all your content, build your followers once again, and wait for many years to regain the influence you once had. Always put these rules in your heart, abide by them, and never ever even attempt to find workarounds.

Facebook will always find out if you violate its rules. And if this happens, you will feel sorry.

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