Have you ever heard someone commenting “My account is in Facebook jail!”
Well, if you haven’t, don’t worry. It doesn’t happen quite often, but it happens. Before you start imagining iron bars and striped clothes, know that it isn’t actually a physical jail. But, Facebook does have its own way of dealing with users that violate their community standards and put them in a virtual jail.
What is Facebook Jail?
Facebook jail is a concerning thing for someone who uses their account/page to continuously promote and sell products or services. Being a business using FB as a promotion platform, it is necessary to be aware of the things that can cause complications and stop you from using your account. Even a minor mistake can lead to the closure of your account.
“Facebook Jail is the term used when Facebook suspends accounts (profile or company page) for violating the Facebook Community Standards, whether purposely or unintentionally.”
The penalties range from the ban of uploading posts for a few hours, 3 days, 6 days, a week, or up to the removal of the profile or page. The sentences can last from a couple of hours and go up to 21 days.
Thus, there are mainly two types of blocking in Facebook jail:
- Temporary blocking: In such a case, Facebook suspends your account for a certain period of time and after the ban period gets over, you can resume your account activities. The maximum period for putting such a ban is 21 days.
- Permanent blocking: This is when your account will be permanently deleted and it will not be possible to ever get access to your account again.
Why does Facebook put people in jail?
On 17 September 2019, Facebook revealed the additional steps they are introducing to fight hatred and extremism around the Facebook network. Although it is frustrating, it is important to note that Facebook is doing this in order to preserve the credibility, protection, privacy, and integrity of all members of the Facebook community.
How to know if you are in Facebook jail?
Needless to say, there is no requirement for third-party software for this. If you screw up anything, you will get to know as soon as you log into your account. If you are already logged in and using Facebook, and get jailed midway, you will not be able to like any post or upload anything on your profile.
With time, the policies and terms for using Facebook have become stern. Facebook takes every necessary precaution to remove people that can do even a little harm to the platform and its community.
Any violation of terms of usage can result in the suspension of your account. You can easily come out of this by taking the necessary steps. If nothing works out, it is advised to turn to the Facebook community for help and contact their support to find a solution.
Reasons for being put in Facebook jail
There can be several reasons for which you can be put into Facebook jail. Some of them are listed below:
- If you’ve been sharing nude and provocative stuff, you’ll be suspended. Facebook has a very tough policy against such material.
- If you hate any user or group on Facebook, it’s better to keep it to yourself. Facebook bans any account that throws hate speech, threats, or attacks on any person/page/group on the platform.
- Spamming people with posts is another popular reason for being put in Facebook jail.
- Do not post fake or plagiarized content. As much as Facebook loves real and original updates, it hates fake rumors and copied posts.
- Your fan following is not going to affect the fact that your account can be suspended. If you violate any rule, you will be banned regardless of the followers you have.
Go through the terms of service: Although a majority of people don’t do it, it is quite necessary to have a glance at the terms and conditions. When you start a page or group, just go through the terms to avoid any complications in the future.
Suspicious payments: while using Facebook ads, register your real and authorized credit card. It should be on your name and you must be in its possession all the time. Use of fraud cards/different cards while making transactions can push Facebook to put you in jail.
What happens after you’re put in Facebook jail?
If you find yourself in Facebook jail, you’re not alone. The increased security measures by Facebook have resulted in the restriction of actions for a large number of profiles and pages. The good thing is that the Facebook jail doesn’t last forever (if your accounts don’t continuously violate the regulations). After a certain period, you’ll be able to use your account just like you did before. Just be extra cautious when you come out of it. Usually, Facebook jail is also followed by a probation period of 7 days.
How to come out of Facebook jail when you get banned?
When it’s about to the lowest level, there’s a lot that can be done. You may file an appeal for a review on Facebook. After doing that, you will receive an email regarding its outcome. Either it’ll get accepted or rejected. Many people have done this and Facebook has restored their account’s functionality.
The other two levels are higher and there’s nothing you can practically do about it. The only thing to do is to just create a new page or even an account. In short, the lowest level is easy to get out of, but for the other two levels, the chances are very low.
In case your account is not removed and you get the access back, remember to follow the guidelines properly and not make your profile look spammy. There are a few things that you can in order to avoid being thrown in Facebook jail. ‘Prevention is better than cure’ should be the only motto when it comes to staying away from getting suspended.
Let’s see what you can do to avoid this situation.
8 ways to avoid Facebook jail
1. Set a frequency of sharing posts on Facebook
In case you are posting the same content multiple times on different Facebook profiles, groups, or pages, you are likely to be thrown into Facebook jail. If you want to avoid being suspended because of this reason, leave some time between posting on different accounts. This might sound time-consuming, but is the only way out.
To keep things in line and to avoid wastage of time, you can consider scheduling your posts in advance using a social media scheduling tool. There are a lot of tools available that can help you do the job. RecurPost is one of those tools that lets you manage FB profiles, groups, as well as pages together through its Facebook post scheduler. With very little investment, you can post your content at the right time and avoid Facebook jail.
2. Don’t use plagiarized content
Facebook literally hates copied content! The platform supports and encourages the sharing of original content – something that can be of worth to the community. When you share plagiarized content continuously on your profiles, you are likely to be marked as spam by others. So to avoid being put into Facebook jail, you should consider using images saved from Google searches. Using original content will also make your profile look fresh, unique, and attractive.
Even if you are using stock images, make sure that they don’t carry copyright or licensing issues. Also, remember that the originality factor not only applies to images, but also to videos, text, and links.
3. Avoid unnecessary tagging
Gone are those days when you added random people to your posts just to grab attention and get some likes. Adding unknown people to your posts continuously will not only affect your image but also increases the chances of being put into Facebook jail. Along with this, also avoid sending friend requests to people in bulk at the same time. This activity is also considered spam and might affect your account.
This is because a majority of people will not accept your request as they don’t know you and will end up reporting your account as spam. Additionally, adding random people to groups without asking them also doubles the odds of your account being reported and eventually closed.
4. Stay away from spamming activities
There are a lot of actions that can be marked as spam and lead you to Facebook jail. Below are some things that you should avoid to stay clean in eyes of Facebook:
- Send friend requests only to people you know personally or to mutual friends. They will definitely accept your requests and if not, at least not mark you as spam. When a lot of your friend requests go unanswered, your account can be considered spam.
- Avoid sending promotional messages through DMs in bulk. Facebook demands its users to utilize its messaging service in an honest and ethical manner. Thus, if you are sending promotional messages repetitively to people, they will mark you as spam to get rid of the constant notifications.
- The practice of promoting your business on other business’ pages or groups in a spammy manner can also carve your path to Facebook jail.
5. Block people who can be harmful to you
Whether you know it or not, there are always going to be people who wish to bring your account down by reporting every post without any specific reason – such as your competitors. To prevent being attacked by such people, you need to take appropriate actions first. If you know any competitors or other users that might report your content, block/report them. They’ll no longer be able to see your posts – preventing you from unwanted reporting. When your posts are taken down for no reason, you can even contact Facebook and let them know about this situation.
6. Watch the speed of liking and commenting
You might have heard about bots – they automatically like and comment on people’s posts. They are basically automated robots acting as humans on social media sites. And, they are often marked as spam because of liking and commenting in bulk. Thus, if you are also a serial liker and commenter, you can get blocked. It is recommended to control the speed at which you pass on likes and comments on people’s posts.
This also allows monitoring traffic details on Facebook, which will otherwise fail if numerous people participate in various activities in a limited amount of time.
7. Limit the number of posts per day
Along with the quality of posts, you also need to keep a check on the quantity. According to Facebook experts and social media managers, a maximum of 5 to 6 posts per day are enough to boost your reach and engagement on the platform. So, don’t unnecessarily upload a lot of content on the same day. Since the aim of your posts is to encourage people to visit your website and know more about your company, it is not at all important to provide users with every piece of information about your business through your Facebook posts. Bombarding a lot of posts in the face of people one after another will straight away lead you to be marked as spam and then into Facebook jail.
8. Shorten your links
Using the same links and posting them on multiple Facebook accounts at the same time can also be marked as spam and result in Facebook jail. It is recommended to use shortened links in your posts as well as bio. It will save you character space, will not make your links look spammy, and will save your account from going into Facebook jail.
There are many tools available online that can help you shorten links for free. Some of them are wp.me, bit.ly, and goo.gl.
The bottom line
Facebook jail is something that you’d not want to get into. The only way to avoid it is to use the platform wisely. Especially when you are using Facebook for business, it is advised that you go through the terms and conditions thoroughly. It will help you in forming the right strategy to post and fill the loopholes.
To put it in a nutshell, space out your posts evenly throughout the day, don’t upload more than 5-6 posts per day, avoid spamming activities, shorten your links, and schedule posts in advance so that you can save time spent in uploading posts manually.