Facebook will sometimes restrict users’ accounts if it feels they have posted something inappropriate, or engaged in activity that goes against its community standards.
These restrictions may prevent you from seeing certain posts, sharing posts yourself, sending messages, adding friends or reacting to things.
Restrictions are normally temporary, but repeat offences can sometimes result in a long-term ban.
Here is everything you need to know about how and why Facebook restricts accounts, and how you can overturn the decision.
Why does Facebook restrict accounts?
Facebook can restrict accounts for a number of reasons, including:
- Posting something abusive
- Sending spam friend requests or messages to people you do not know
- Posting something that does not comply with Facebook’s community standards
If you violate the community standards you will normally first receive a warning, and may then have your account restricted for a repeat offence.
The restrictions will normally be short-term, with the length of the ban relating to the severity of the offence.
If you continue to post things that go against the community standards more restrictions will be put in place, and you could eventually be banned permanently.
How can I get my account back?
If your account has been restricted you can appeal the decision.
To do this:
- Go to the request review page
- Log in to your account using an email address or mobile phone number
- Provide your full name as listed on your Facebook account
- Upload your ID
- Submit the information
Facebook will then make a decision whether or not to restore your account.
What if my account is restricted for no reason?
Sometimes Facebook may restrict an account by accident. If you believe this has happened to you, you should appeal the decision as per the steps above.
If Facebook reviews the restriction and decides you have done nothing wrong, it will reinstate your account and the ban will not count against you in the future.