What is Facebook Jail and how to avoid it?

What is Facebook Jail and how to avoid it?

You might have come across a post on Facebook from someone saying “I have been put in a Facebook jail.” So what exactly does a Facebook jail mean and what can you do to avoid it? Let’s tackle that in this article.

What is Facebook jail (Definition)

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A Facebook jail refers to a situation where Facebook itself blocks you due to something you’ve either posted, words you’ve used or for harassment of another Facebook user.

There are two types of Facebook jail.

  • The permanent Facebook Jail
  • The temporary Facebook Jail

1.      The permanent Facebook Jail.

In permanent block, you’ll be blocked permanently and you can’t access your account or a particular service(s) again in any way. This type of block is especially for spammers and hackers who are trying to play with Facebook’s security.

2.      The temporary Facebook Jail

A temporary block will disable your account or a particular service(s) for a limited period and you can access them again when the restriction will be removed. For example, you may be blocked to post new things in future and this restriction will last for a few days.

Unfortunately, there is no option by which you can contact the Facebook team to appeal your Facebook jail term. You will have to wait until you’re unblocked again. Be patient and play safe.

Facebook has some specific actions they prohibit on their platform and, despite this social media giant’s size, it is closely monitored.

Here are the actions which you must take to avoid Facebook Jail:

  • No nudity or sexually suggestive content.
  • No hate speech, credible threats, or direct attacks on an individual or group.
  • No content that contains self-harm or excessive content.
  • No fake or impostor timelines.
  • No SPAM.
  • Unsolicited contact with others which includes harassing behavior and constant advertising or promotions as a Facebook profile (not a Page).
  • Using a Fake Name to create a fake profile or worse yet; impersonating a person or entity.

How to avoid Facebook Jail

Fully set up your profile.

Having a half-setup Facebook profile will always flag your profile as not complete. If you post to lots of groups through a profile which is not up to date, it could make Facebook believe that you’re only using your account for posting to groups and that’ll be seen as spam.

Avoid Auto bots.

These are generally used for spam purpose. For example, there are lots of auto liker websites which can help you to increase your post likes. Others include auto commenter, auto follower, multi-group poster, etc. Facebook is strictly against them and it doesn’t support any kind of fake activities. If you’re still using such auto bots, please remove them immediately.

Avoid sending friend requests to people you do not know.

If your account is temporarily blocked from sending friend requests, it’s because friend requests you’ve sent have gone unanswered or have been marked as unwelcome. Don’t send friend requests to people you don’t know personally or those you don’t have mutual friends with.

Do not send Too Many Messages.

If a user sends a message to anyone (even people they know) it can be marked as spam. Too many of those “unwanted” designations can get your account into problems. Another no-no is sending too many messages in a short period. You may be super-stoked about your upcoming event, but sending out messages in a rapid-fire fashion will only get you in hot water.

Use a business page for business purpose.

To this day there are many businesses on Facebook operating as a Profile instead of a Page. The reality is that Business Pages on Facebook are there so people can set them up and operate as a business. They give the user huge credibility and functionality while offering up an effective way to do business via Facebook. Facebook started cracking down on businesses using Facebook as a profile, and the bottom line; you can’t have a business name or any other name other than your real name on your profile.


Being in a Facebook jail can be disastrous most especially if you use it to coordinate your businesses and personal commitments. The best way to avoid it is to be informed. Make yourself acquainted of the Facebook usage terms. Here is a link to Facebook user policies.

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