What Is Facebook Jail & Why Is It Happening?

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 (profiles or business pages) 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 Facebook Jail?

Facebook’s jail punishments can range from the following:

Temporary: Facebook imposes a temporary restriction that may range from a few hours to 21 days.

Permanently: If Facebook believes the violation to be particularly severe, a permanent block may be implemented, in which your account is permanently deleted and you are unable to access the account ever again.

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. Because of these extra steps, a lot of business and personal pages now have even more restrictions.

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 wants to teach business owners how to market and sell on Facebook without getting temporarily banned. 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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