What Is Facebook Jail & Why Is It Happening?

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Facebook Jail is a notorious topic for anyone who regularly uses the social platform to sell or promote their business. As a social seller, it’s crucial to know what it is so you can avoid any complications and interruptions in your use of the platform.

"Action Blocked" message from Facebook showing restrictions on an account with unusual activity.

What is Facebook Jail?

Facebook Jail is the term used when Facebook suspends accounts (profile or business page) for breaking the Facebook Community Standards, whether it be deliberately or accidentally.

Due to violations, suspicious logins, or spammy behavior, Facebook will suspend an account’s ability to post or to use specific features for a period of time.

"Your post goes against Community Standards" message from Facebook- the first sign of Facebook Jail.

What can I expect if I get put in jail?

Facebook’s penalties range from being blocked from posting to being completely blocked from logging into your account. These sentences can last from just a couple of hours to up to 21 days.

A Facebook Jail message showing a temporary account lock as a security precaution.

Why is Facebook doing this?

On September 17, 2019, Facebook announced the additional measures they are putting in place to Combat Hate and Extremism throughout the Facebook Community.

While frustrating, it’s important to remember that Facebook is doing this to uphold authenticity, safety, privacy, and dignity for all members of the Facebook Community.

What happens after I’m put in jail?

If you’re in Facebook Jail, you aren’t alone. These additional measures have resulted in increased restrictions for a huge number of business and personal pages.

Fortunately, Facebook Jail doesn’t last forever. Just remain cautious when you get out. Typically, Facebook Jail is also followed by a 7 day probation period.


CommentSold aims to educate business owners on how to avoid temporary bans on Facebook as they use the platform for marketing and sales. That said, this blog post should not be construed as legal advice. Facebook’s Terms of Service, Community Standards, and Commercial Terms are subject to change at a moment’s notice and should be reviewed regularly to reduce your chances of Facebook Jail.

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