Why the Hell was I Thrown into Facebook Jail?

A week ago I went to post a late night shot of my view of Gig Harbor on Facebook. After the 3rd attempt to post it to my personal profile failed, I figured it was my app, so it went on Instagram:

Night sky off the deck at Salmon Beach

I decided to try later in the evening to post it again, this time from my desktop. (Yes I would sort of be cross-posting, but every rule has an exception – or 3).

This time when it failed I found out why.

Facebook Jail!

The dreaded message that I had violated a community guideline popped up and I was barred from posting until October 31st. 

My first thought was my client accounts! 

Here’s the thing. If you are blocked from posting to your personal profile. You cannot post to your pages as the admin. Managing social media accounts for a number of clients, that was an instant moment of panic. I immediately tested to see whether I had the ability to publish to pages. I ran a test on my personal account and for TSO Media. It worked. Surprised, but content my business wasn’t affected, my next thought was why I was in Facebook’s proverbial jail.

I was thrown in Facebook jail for using Facebook in an unusual way

With all of mine from the past week were still there and no other obvious reason, I let it go! 

The next couple of days I published content and scheduled a post or two as normal. Everything worked as expected.

Until it didn’t.

On the morning of the 30th, I had a few notifications that posts were not published as scheduled. Crap! I tried to manually publish them. No luck. The ‘lockout’ now included my access as the admin on pages. The good news was I had very little content scheduled (I generally don’t scheduled much – social media marketing should be fluid, natural, and organic. Core content gets scheduled. The rest, a few posts a couple of days out at most.) and I knew I could post again on Halloween (albeit near midnight). My Facebook jail sentence now impacted my business and brand.

The trick now was how would I post content which needed to be published? 

It is possible that having a 3rd party app like Hootsuite would allow posting (I couldn’t test it as I did not have it linked to Facebook preferring the native scheduling for what little I do). There is the concern though that since Hootsuite posts via access to a personal profile it could fail too. Fortunately I know a thing or two – and that there is a way to publish to Facebook within their own platform (well, sort of). Aside from two pieces of content, everything was posted as necessary. Problem solved!

The other two pieces of content? They serve as a perfect example as to why I work with select clients. We have a rapport built over time. A simple message to them that I had an issue posting and asked if they could manually publish the content.

There was still the mystery as to why I was banned. 

I wasn’t thinking much about it, but it was nagging at me in the back of my mind. Then a random thought. Ads!

Not as in creating them, but in blocking them. About a week ago my personal feed was flooded with them. More than 90% had no interest or relevance to me, in any way. None of my behavior on the platform or through online searches would have made Facebook’s algorithm think otherwise. As I saw them, I clicked ‘hide’. When you do, there is a prompt for why. ‘Irrelevant’ is an option and since Facebook’s algorithm is relevance based and they asked or feedback, I gave it. The next prompt allows you to ‘hide all’. Since there was no relevance and would never be, I did – for every one of them. 

I am guessing I hid and blocked future ads from at least 20 brands. To be fair, those for anything related to the outdoors (like REI and Klymit) and marketing, I left. They were relevant. 

With no content removed and never an issue in the past, this is the only thing that made any sense and for good reason. I was messing with Facebook’s revenue stream (even though I was technically helping them by telling them what was relevant to me better help their ad placement – a benefit for brands paying for ads).

Clearly blocking advertisers (even if completely irrelevant) in quantity counts as using Facebook in a way their systems consider unusual. Or inappropriate. Or against their community standards. 

And lands you in jail.

Damn irrelevant ads!

Why so many irrelevant ads?

Everyone gets a feed full of ads now and again. Most of those I speak with see a few every day. They are also quite relevant – or at least directly related to recent online activity. They vent about being stalked by Facebook (to be polite about it) and keep scrolling. 

I rarely saw ads. I am more surprised when I do. Then I get slammed – 20 to 30 over 2 days with one every few posts – and few relevant.

Why?

Unlike most, when it comes to my personal feed, I, share little from pages to my personal feed (that is left to my pages), and I 

  • share no memes
  • share little from pages (that is left to my pages)
  • post few external links
  • limit my interaction to only content which is highly relevant to me
  • avoid political content altogether
  • post nothing about sports (interact with very little too)
  • post no content which references anything in the news or pop culture
  • have no likes, interests, sports, movies, books, etc listed in my profile
  • never click on sponsored links

When I post, it’s almost entirely original and about kayaking or pictures from my deck.

I am a nightmare user for Facebook. 

They have NO idea what is relevant to me. I may have seen fewer than a dozen ads in the past 6 months that are even close to relevant. Effectively, I am impossible to target by brands. I cannot be used to to boost their revenue. 

So, I suspect I get a barrage of ads to ‘test’ me or those brands opted for very broad categories where I do fit. 

Then I hide and block those ads. This was the third such time in 3 months. I guess they didn’t like it so much this time.  

Going forward, I’ll simply ignore the ads. (Of course this article is likely going to get me banned when I share it!)

It keeps me out the Facebook jail but hurts advertisers. They will see pointless impressions leading to lower conversion rates and Facebook will still have no clue as to how to target me. 

Of course all of this is just speculation. Maybe I was just the random winner of a ‘Who gets banned this week’ contest.

I do need to thank Facebook though. I still could comment and interact. Plus, they did provide a bypass for publishing content when you get thrown in jail. So in the end, the only ones deprived by absence where those wanting to see pictures from my deck.

Another thought…. 

A comment prompted another possible reason for my ban – or at least why others are seemingly banned for no apparent reason. I have long suspected Facebook used keywords as part of how they target users for ads. If they are, it would be easy to create a sort of blacklist – words or phrases which, when used, automatically trigger posts being deleted or the author being sentenced to lock-up.

If my blacklist theory is correct, even benign use of a the word or phrase (or the post being deleted by the user as occurred with Tracy per her comment) could lead to a ban unless Facebook’s algorithm was sophisticated enough to read context.

Could one of my posts have run afoul of the list to end up in Facebook jail? Nothing was deleted as I mentioned above, but I guess it’s still possible.

62 replies
  1. Jared Eisenmann
    Jared Eisenmann says:

    I am in Facebook jail because of “hate speech”. My offenses were posting that ‘boys are dogs’ on a photo of a friend’s dogs and her son- pretending to be a dog; and in a thread lamenting about covid being around still and that it was preventable- that Americans are lazy and self-centered. (I’m American and I have to deal with anti-maskers most days).

    I appealed both posts, but were denied nearly instantly. Is there any mechanism to have Facebook look at the CONTEXT of a comment before they make a final ruling? I’ve reported posts which were saying someone deserved to be shot as being advocating violence- and they were left up.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      I get it Jared. I’ve gotten to the point of not commenting or posting much as myself since June.

      Facebook’s AI doesn’t seem to have the ability to read ‘context’. I suspect the post/comment is checked against specific words or phrases only, when reported. When something is reviewed by an individual, there is likely tremendous bias. Yet that is all conjecture and any way I review it, the results I see – what you have stated – make no sense.

      Facebook needs to be more transparent in how it’s filtering works, but I don’t see that happening.

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    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      I made a post about absentee and mail in ballots – ending with why are americans so freaking stupid- got me a 7 day ban ( 1st offending comment saying white people suck ( I am white by the way), 2nd comment – calling someone a racist) You can’t even appeal them, just disagree – it’s crazy

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  2. Andrene
    Andrene says:

    I think FB is very bias; trump insults working class American daily, but he’s Never called a
    “Bully”, so why I labeled one? I am sick of the hypocrisy in this country. I think FB support everything mean-spirited Republicans do in this country. I commended a Mom for teaching her child about right from wrong and I am labeled a bully. Michelle Obama was called everything than the child of God, now FB wants to punish anyone who share Mehoenia pics as if it’s a lie. Sick of the hypocrisy.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      It does appear that Facebook leans far right. However, they have that right. It is though, the hypocrisy of getting thrown in their jail for something that others don’t that bugs me.

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        • Robert Nissenbaum
          Robert Nissenbaum says:

          Right? Today I read something about their plan to reduce their carbon footprint, yet they allow climate deniers a platform. Facebook is becoming synonymous with hypocrisy – or they just lean whatever way they can to make money. Neither is acceptable in my opinion.

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  3. Mike Morrison
    Mike Morrison says:

    I am in Farcebook jail for 30 days… this my fourth stint in social media sing-sing.

    The first time I was restricted for 24 hours for posting “nudity.” It was a funny meme (that was widely shared) featuring several former First Ladies of the US standing together with our current First Lady… in the meme Melania is naked but she has her hand covering her groin and her nipples are pixilated. So I don’t know why it was considered “nudity.” I’ve seen much worse.

    The second time someone called me a “snowflake” and that people like me are “sheeple… who should just leave the country if we don’t love America.” I replied by calling him a “vacuous douchenozzle with a fruitcake for a brain” and I made the point he does not understand the freedoms protected by our Constitution. I thought it was an appropriate response, but it was deemed ‘harassment & bullying’. Fair enough… I was jailed for 3 days. I decided to never be insulting any more… even if someone insulted me first.

    I then got 7 days in the hole when someone called me a “commie libtard” who “hates America.” I replied “You have your head up your Тяumphole.” Geeez… my response was not really even an insult. Oh well. I resolved to be more careful.

    I got 30 days when what looked like a troll account insulted me in broken English… I answered “Shut up and eat your borscht. Хорошего дня Robert.” (Russian translation: ‘Have a nice day’.) This is NOT an insult. It was meant to be funny… not mean-spirited. Darn!

    I never have used profanity, been threatening or used racist language and I see much worse than what got me suspended (including from elected officials), so I am confused as to why I keep getting suspended.

    There is a “review” process available… I push a button that states: “if you think this is was made in error.” That is the only option for appeal… each time they messaged me back to say “We reviewed your comment and it does not follow community standards.”

    My last three suspensions have been when I have replied to someone who insulted me. In the future I will NOT respond to any idiot… I’ll write my comment and instantly block anyone who tries to engage me in an inane point/counterpointless discussion. In the future I will BLOCK people instead of arguing.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Mike, this is typical of what I have seen. Even in your first incident, I doubt everyone posting that meme was jailed. As with the comments, it’s being reported that leads to jail.

      Thanks for the comment.

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    • Jimbo
      Jimbo says:

      I’m currently enjoying my 3rd 30 day ban since April- the first was for posting a screen shot of the CDCs provisional death count, and was banned for spreading misinformation. After the 30 days, I got a message that an error was made and I should not have banned.

      The second was for a post from 2006. The third was for posting a picture of a tattoo on *my arm* …

      I created a new account with a new name, email address. And removed my personal info from my old account, but this new profile is blocked with no explanation as of yet.

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      • Robert Nissenbaum
        Robert Nissenbaum says:

        Jimbo, rather impressed they acknowledged the mistake. As for the last ban, Facebook requires all accounts to be a real person. It’s possible they caught it or perhaps there was a complaint made.

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  4. Gerry Kurowski
    Gerry Kurowski says:

    My big sin was calling someone a troll. No threats, no other insults. I believe that my “so called insult” was as tame as the person who must have reported me. Disgusting that Facebook appears to have made a political decision. ( Sorry, but she was a staunch Trump defender and I said she must be naive, overwhelmingly stupid, or a troll. This got me booted … can’t post,

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  5. C. D. Johnson
    C. D. Johnson says:

    I was recently put in F-jail for 30 days for this post I wrote making fun of a dating site for sugar-daddies. The notice said that I was spamming and that I had posted nudity. It was clear in the post that I was not promoting the site, and the picture that they said was nudity was a shot of the websites page with a few women all completely dressed in just average clothes and smiling. The strange thing is, I made the post three years ago and there hadn’t been any additional comments or likes on it since I first posted it.

    I complained to facebook, and on the same day I complained, they shot back a message saying that they got it wrong. And yet, I am still sanctioned for the entire 30 days as far as I can tell.

    Oddly enough, about two months ago, I starting getting random emails from someone asking me about my Better Business Bureau complaint I filed against facebook for wrongly taking down one of my philosophy groups for unspecified community violations. Apparently they were doing research for some antitrust appearance that was aimed at facbbook, amazon, instragram, and google. I reported that facebook later said that the group had been sabotaged along with thousands of others also taken down around the same time, but as yet, their promise to reinstate the groups is almost two years old and not a priority it seems. One group did manage to come back, but it frozen and only viewable to the admins. I actually managed to get someone from facebook to respond to my BBB post, but it just ended with them been frustrated by my unwillingness to accept their bullsh*t replies which were basically just requests for me to view their policy. The one that the group hadn’t actually violated in any way.

    Around the same time that I got the emails I responded to (supposedly in confidence), facebook started randomly hitting us with violations for members posts. In one, a member had posted a picture of a half-dressed woman. All her parts were covered, but she was in a skimpy bakini. And then another member tried to post something with a lot of racist language in it. The thing is, we deleted the post before it even made it to the page because we approve all posts, and facebook still placed it in our group quality section as a violation even though no one ever saw it except the admin who deleted it. After that, our new membership requests mostly driven by facebook mentions dropped 75%. We went from around 600 new members a week to just around 120-150. So I started posting in the admin groups complaining about this treatment. And a couple of days after I posted a scathing post about how their claims of sabotage was probably a sham they used to delete unwanted groups, I wake to a notice that I am banned for 30 days for a post I made three years ago which they themselves say violated no policy.

    After that, I went on Consumer Reports and made another complaint. So I fully expect that after I am out of jail they will hit me with another supposed violation. The cost of having a big mouth and loose fingers, I guess. In which case, I need to write some articles so I at least give them better reasons to sanction me.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Wow! Thank you for sharing this. I am not surprised by much of it. The issue with your group content leading to your violations – even though the content was moderated and deleted prior to being publicly visible. They have access to that content and you are not the first to let us know action has been taking before moderators had a chance to approve or delete the content.

      I agree with the loose fingers. Seemed to be my issue too! Always has been.

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  6. Sandi
    Sandi says:

    Thank you for this information. I’m wondering if anyone who was thrown into Facebook jail had problems afterwards?
    I was suspended recently for 24hrs. Similar story, wasn’t sure why, no appeal, etc.
    Now I’m not receiving notifications, which is a problem because I have a professional page too.
    I’ve literally tried *everything* and of course there’s no help.
    Any advice?
    TIA

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Ouch! Sandi, the one suggestion would be to head to the notifications and turn all of them off for 24 hours, then turn them back on. It’s possible that when your account was suspended all of the settings didn’t reconnect.

      There is the remote chance that what didn’t reactivate was those notification settings…and on Facebook’s end. That there may be no solution for right now.

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  7. David
    David says:

    its rediculas i get a 30 day in Jail for stating in a chat group that Convo19 came from China why are we not getting on their case and Bingo in FB Jail 30 days so my question is what happened to freedom of Speech and the truth ???

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      David, whether we agree with the policy of Facebook controlling content, they are a private (non-government) company we as users, choose to use. As for the ‘truth’, one, I can’t speak to what you posted since I cannot see the content and two, it seems there are differing versions of what is true these days. Regardless of what you believe to be true, someone else likely believes the opposite. So, in some twisted way, they are preventing lies, not blocking what is true.

      The bottom line in your case is that something you said went against a policy. Agree or not, we have to play by Facebook’s rules to use the platform. My real concern is when there is no known reason for the ‘Facebook jail’ sentence. We cannot play by the rules if we don’t know what they are or why/how we broke them. I want to see that changed.

      Robert

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      • Frank
        Frank says:

        Yes: They should ‘at least’ cite ‘How many days’ to be in jail.. and also a ‘copy’ of what you wrote or pictured , often innocently, to cause such a suspension. Better yet, let’s try to ‘end’ this hopeless ‘addictive’ site and hope someone starts a ‘Conservatives’ one…and get rid of this rich little shithead once and for all…from ‘controlling’ this media..!

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        • Jeff
          Jeff says:

          I just got a 24hr ban due to a couple of comments I made which supposedly violated some community standards. One was a picture of “cranial rectal inversion” (Google it) that was supposedly against the rules regarding “nudity and sexual activity”, of which there were neither, and one was because of a comment I made saying, “Just because he doesn’t say that doesn’t mean he’s a false teacher,” and that was supposedly against the rules regarding bullying. SMH

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          • Robert Nissenbaum
            Robert Nissenbaum says:

            That sounds like Facebook’s AI is only capable of picking up specific words – rectal in this case – and not how they are used. Seems like medical procedures being discussed will be the next wholesale block of content to be filtered and lead to bans.

  8. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    I tried to log on to Facebook Sunday morning. It says that it’s updating my information and may take a while. Here it is Wednesday and still can’t log on. Am I in Facebook jail, or are they updating my information? If that is the case, it shouldn’t take that long. Does not give anymore information than I stated.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Vicki, It does not sound like Facebook Jail since that normally is a limit on your ability to post content and sometimes comment. I am not entirely sure why you cannot log in. Can you find your profile – as in can you friends see it? Usually you’ll get an alternate login method but not always. If yes, then there is a more technical problem and I would have to look deeper as to why. I would start by seeing if you can get access from another computer or smartphone.

      If they cannot see your profile, you may have been hacked or the account deleted – that could explain the inability to login.

      Robert

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  9. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    All I post to my FB are pictures of animals and some jokes. I still post and I can see the posts but my friends cannot see them and no one can comment on them. It has been this way over 5 weeks now. Any help I can get is appreciated.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Barbara, I am happy to tale a look but there is a chance, if you can post but they are not visible that there is a security setting that was changed. Can you see your friends’ posts and comment on those?

      Robert

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        • Robert Nissenbaum
          Robert Nissenbaum says:

          My first thought, Barbara is that you have your privacy settings to you only seeing your posts. Start by heading to your personal profile and under your name in a post is the time you posted. To the right of that is an icon – Click on it to see how posts are set to share and change it.

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          • Barbara
            Barbara says:

            I went to my profile, saw the icon to the right of the time posted and saw it was set on only to share with 1 friend! So I changed them all to be set on ‘seen by all my FB friends’ and I will see what happens. I posted a new item to my FB tonight but up came the same ‘1 friend icon’ which I immediately changed. So for some reason every time I post something it does not seem to automatically go to ‘all FB friends see’. Why I don’t know. But I will change it each time if I have to. Thanks. I will let you know if I get any comments tomorrow! You have been a big help.

          • Barbara
            Barbara says:

            It worked! Thanks, thanks and thanks again. So I have to change it from 1 friend to all friends each time, but it’s worth it!

          • Barbara
            Barbara says:

            I don’t know how to change it in my privacy settings so it is permanent. I click on the icon way over on upper right and it has ‘settings’ on the menu. I click on ‘settings’ but then I don’t know what to do to change it. Help?

          • Robert Nissenbaum
            Robert Nissenbaum says:

            Head to settings, then on the left side menu at the top (4th down), click on ‘privacy’. At the top on the right there is an option for ‘who can see future posts’. That can be set to friends.

          • Andrene
            Andrene says:

            GM,
            Thanks for addressing my concern. Now that my suspensions were confirmed, I have far too much crap on my plate to waste time on FB. Time has really changed. Our Democracy is at risk, while others just DON’T care. How do you muzzle just a particular group simply because you dont think they should have a voice? However, another group just do as they wish, sending Death Threats or share individuals private home addresses and contact number? Time had changed for the Worst. Thanks again,
            Andrene

          • Robert Nissenbaum
            Robert Nissenbaum says:

            You’re welcome, Andrene. Personally, I am in complete agreement with you.

            As a side note, Facebook’s behavior – which likely goes against many brands forcing them to condone it to see benefit from the platform (and therefore continuing to enable that behavior – is a good reason for a good website and a place you own for your content. That is as true for individuals. It’s a pleasure to be able to have conversations here, like this one, without risk.

            Robert

  10. lindette bourne
    lindette bourne says:

    there’s people I see videos posted they’re dropping the F bomb the MS bomb constantly and I get banned for what reason I have no idea I share animal posts I might get upset a few times but believe me it’s not half as bad as half of these things I see and how do I know what I did if I don’t know if you don’t tell me, oh my, Oh my god so I am banned from posting lost dogs missing kids charities I desperately need help COVID-19 information oh my goodness!

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      It seems Facebook is using a bot and their algorithm to screen for specific words and phrases within content, in many cases, there have been a series of mistakes they have admitted making. Videos seem to skip that issue. The other reason I have been seeing bans – content being reported by others. Neither is helpful in learning why you were banned which is the biggest problem. We cannot correct behavior we don’t know we are doing wrong.

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  11. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    So I’ve been in fb jail a few times before, but this time is different. Someone in a group I’m in was baiting and harassing me and I said something to him. He turns around and reports me and got me banned for 3 days. I then go to switch over to my backup account only to find out that one is banned too smh WHY? And on top of that I can’t even post, comment or react in the group that I moderate. I was I. Fb jail in January, I could still post and comment in that group as usual. When did they change this? Facebook has gotten so ridiculous

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      Andrea, I think they have gone a bit nuts with the bans. At least let us know why so we can learn from it!

      The profile profile – having one is a technical violation of their terms but odd they would have banned it. The change is posting – similar to what happened in my case – could be a way to make the ban hurt a bit more. I can’t risk the loss of posting access so I am more careful than I’d otherwise be.

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  12. Brad
    Brad says:

    I’m banned for a month. I posted something dirty and I didn’t know it was out in the open. It was from outside of a private group.

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    • Brad Schuh
      Brad Schuh says:

      I also tried making a new account but with the same number. It said you may want to slow down before we put restrictions on your account. We do this to keep the community safe.

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        • Christy Ferguson
          Christy Ferguson says:

          Yesterday night I received this pop up message on my FB page stating there was suspicious activity on my account. It then asked me to identify myself and the camera screen came up and it asked me to turn my head to the left, to the center and then to look up.
          Then I received this message stating :
          We are currently reviewing your submission and you can not access Facebook at this time. Please see picture below. This happened at 9:40pm EST.
          Please let me know if my account has been hacked. I’m worried about my information on my iPhone.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      That will definitely get you in trouble. Even if posted in a private group, all it takes is one person to report it and you get banned. The ban is normally longer for sexual content than other issues.

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  13. Tracy
    Tracy says:

    Dang! I LITERALLY just got jailed for a post that I had actually DELETED yesterday. I posted it, thought nah too contraversial, deleted it immediately…this morning jail..can’t even use messenger.

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      I get it Tracy. I am being more drawn to the idea that Facebook maintains a ‘blacklist’ of words and phrases. While they may be used in a benign ways or get deleted, they still trigger the getting thrown in jail.

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    • Pam
      Pam says:

      Completely wrong for facebook to put some one in their “jail” this is still America freedom of press and speech they are taking away our constitutional rights

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      • Robert Nissenbaum
        Robert Nissenbaum says:

        Pam, yes we have Freedom of Speech and while public, Facebook is still a private business. As such, they are allowed to choose what they want to publish. The real issue is that they aren’t applying their own rules equally.

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  14. U0999
    U0999 says:

    This may explain. I got thrown in jail 1st time for just simply browsing my newsfeed. Like you I have no political content or memes. my interests are cat rescue and woodworking and vacation rentals. Been shown strange ads. Now seemingly every time I do ANY action on FB such ad posting an original picture of snowfall on my Own profile, I get jail extended by one day ending on the time I posted. I think FB is officially off the rails. How can a photo of snow be against any standards, community or otherwise?

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    • Robert Nissenbaum
      Robert Nissenbaum says:

      I have heard some interesting stories. Aside from you making comments which bothered someone resulting in them reporting you, it makes no sense. Facebook may be off the rails, or it could be their algorithm picking up a word or phrase you are using. The only other thought is how much you are posting , but that doesn’t make sense either.

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    • Dijomc
      Dijomc says:

      Oh I agree with you 100%. I posted a meme of KKK in full dress…one was pink, washed MAGA hat with the robes and they’ve drank all the bleach. I copied from my friends wall. I’m out for 30 days, he’s up and running. There is no consistency, no possibility of asking why you and no one else. FB gas really cracked down on Democrat post as they let republicans post lie after lie. I desperately wish there was an alternative!

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      • Robert Nissenbaum
        Robert Nissenbaum says:

        Dijomc, in this case there may be a specific reason you were ‘jailed’ and your friend wasn’t. When it comes to posted content, there are 2 primary reasons for bans. The first is offense or copyright infringing content – something which triggers Facebook’s AI bots. The second – the content was reported, then reviewed by someone at Facebook. In this case, as the content remained on your friend’s profile, it’s likely the latter. Someone saw what you posted and took offense, so they reported the content as against community guidelines.

        Whether I agree with the policy or not, when someone gets banned for posting a particular piece of content, I will respect Facebook’s decision. Their platform, their rules – whether we agree or not. I am bothered, however, that we get no notification as to why the ban. Tell me so I don’t do it again. In my case – I am totally clueless. That’s not helpful.

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    • Jennifer
      Jennifer says:

      I agree – the post that got me a 7 day ban was posted before the 2 that got me the 24 hr and 3 day bans – they had to go back a look for it – and it was about absentee and mail in ballots – makes no sense

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  15. Jocelyn
    Jocelyn says:

    A great reminder to all of us not to have all our business eggs in one basket. Especially baskets we don’t own and have control over. It was great you had the skills to finagle a way to post what you needed to. But had you had been one of those businesses that uses Facebook or another social media platform as their virtual business home base, it might have been another story.

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