Banned: What Happens When Facebook Doesn’t Like You [Feature]

Matthew Hughes 05-04-2013

When I interviewed Mark S. Zuckerberg, I immediately thought that he was a charming, polite guy. When he talked, he did so with a typically Midwestern drawl. He has raised a large family and has a massively successful bankruptcy law practice in Indianapolis, and is widely regarded as an expert in his field. Searching YouTube with the query ‘Mark Zuckerberg Indiana’ brings up countless media interviews and appearances.


He also has no connection to the Facebook founder, other than his name and his Jewish heritage.

“I used to speak across the country, and people would say my name and know who I was, and now I’ve lost my entire identity”.

Since the rise of Facebook, and the thrusting of the founder into the public eye, Mark S. Zuckerberg has found him being confused for his socially awkward, sweatshirt donning namesake on a daily basis. He cringes whenever he hears the all-too-familiar phrase ‘are you that guy’?

“Whenever I call my credit card company and they ask for my name, they hang up because they think I’m playing a prank… I was taking a flight and I went through security, and I had to show them my ID and the guy looks at me and says ‘Oh my God!’, he goes ‘Are you him?’, and I’m like ‘Do you think I’d be flying Southwest Airlines if I was him?'”

Mark S. Zuckerberg has completely lost his identity. Tragically, for someone who has built a career upon honesty and integrity, he has seen his last name being turned into a pejorative that describes especially underhanded behaviour, ‘Zuckerberging’.

Mark Zuckerberg Couldn’t Get A Facebook Account

For Mark, getting a Facebook account was by no means a trivial task. On the basis of him sharing a name with the founder, he had to send off copies of his birth certificate, driver’s license and even his Indiana bar association certificate just to even open an account. The process dragged on so long and was so tedious, he even had to go as far as to threaten legal action.


He thought that he was done. He’d jumped through all the hoops, and now was the proud owner of a Facebook account.

The summer of 2011, Mark Zuckerberg found his Facebook account deactivated with no explanation. He’d been banned on Facebook.

Usually, I’ll come into work and I’ll log onto my computer and I’ll open my Email account and it always tells me how many messages you have. And if you get a message on Facebook, it sends it to your regular email account. Usually I have four or five hundred messages from people thinking I’m the other guy. I only had a couple of messages that day and I thought ‘gee, that’s kinda odd. There’s nothing from Facebook today.’

I tried to log into my Facebook account, and it was deactivated because it said I was an imposter.”


Mark, however, had a trick up his sleeve. He happened to share an office building with a major local paper, the Indianapolis Star.

I said to one of the reporters ‘Hey do you want to hear a funny story?’, and he wrote an article about it. And soon enough, every single news station in the city was outside my office. Then it went on all the national news websites, and then it went international. And then I was being interviewed all around the country. After three days, they reinstated my account with an apology”.

I asked Mark if he felt isolated and disconnected in those three days he was banned from Facebook.

“I think I’ve only really posted about three things the entire time I’ve been on Facebook. I only really use it to keep track of my kids.”


An All Too Familiar Tale

Fortunately for Mark, his usage of Facebook was so confined to surveiling his children that the impact of being banned on Facebook was limited. That said, his story isn’t unusual. Every year, ordinary people find that their social media presence completely excised.

The role of social networking and social media in our society is so significant that being exiled from it is sort of like when Romeo was banished to Mantua. Users who have been banned have to endure being isolated from significant events in the lives of their loved ones. They miss out on baby photos. They miss out on being invited to birthdays, christenings and bar mitzvah’s. They don’t get invited to parties, and they miss out on watching their nieces and nephews growing up.

Quite frequently, banned Facebook users don’t realize why they’ve had their accounts deactivated. Facebook is particularly infamous for not being forthright with the reasoning behind why they deactivate accounts besides vague statements about policies and terms being breached.

When researching this story, I spoke to people who had the sheer misfortune to find themselves on the wrong side of Facebook. They told me of the feelings of isolation they felt when they found their accounts deactivated. They told me of what it felt like to suddenly become undesirable in the eyes of this social networking behemoth, and find themselves losing old friends. They told me what it’s like to be helpless, and to not be able to rectify their situation.


“After the dust settled, I realised that I wasn’t comfortable with using a service where this could happen”

Dan is an Oxonian in an ‘open, V-shaped, non-monogamous relationship’, who enjoys playing board games and lives in a house called Isis (but he calls it Earth) which has its own web page.

For his day job, he writes code that manages the administration of charities and maintains the websites of the Bodlean Library at Oxford University. He is a trustee of an LGBT helpline charity, where he is also a listener.

He also has a rather unusual last name. So unusual, that only two people in the world share it; Himself and his ex-partner (although, by his own admission she is considering changing it by deed poll to “Quantum”).

That last name is a single letter. Q.

“We’d talked about changing our name for years without coming up with a name for ‘us’, because we were both quite indecisive. Eventually, I suggested that we consider a single letter surname, because that cuts down the choices to just 26. Then we went through the alphabet and did it”.

Facebook Didn’t Like My Surname

Dan sent us the image above in a smaller size, having posted it on his website claiming this is what he saw on Facebook when he was banned. The visible BR tags make the image seem less than authentic, but this is what Dan says he saw.

Around November 2011, four years after changing his surname by deed poll, he found that his Facebook account had been disabled.

“I’d never had any trouble with my unusual name on Facebook. My ex- and I both updated our Facebook profiles on the day that we wrote out our deeds poll. Hers went through faster, and I wrote an email to Facebook to ask them to hurry up and process it faster.

Then, four and a half years later, I found that I couldn’t log in any more. A check from a friend’s account showed that I was still visible as “active” on Facebook, but messages sent to me disappeared into a black hole (the sender was led to believe that I was still “there”).

The worst bit for me was that Facebook were now, without warning, “pretending” to be me. “

A Slow And Painful Process

Facebook are not particularly renowned for their transparency when it comes to enforcing perceived infractions of their terms of service. People who find themselves on the wrong side of the administrators often find themselves wondering why they’re unable to connect with their friends and family.

This is something which Dan learned of first hand.

“Facebook’s process was opaque and confusing, and it seemed as if their own staff didn’t know what their policies were or how to enforce them. And man, were they SLOW! If you’re gonna go around banning accounts, don’t do it at a faster rate than you can reactivate them if it turns out that you made a mistake!

It took several weeks to regain access to my account, navigating the maze of (different each time I tried to log in, it seems) forms. I uploaded a scan of my driving license, and then later my passport, and each time I received a useless email back from Facebook staff. Eventually, after much harassment, they re-enabled my account. I got a half-hearted apology, but I’d rather they’d have just, you know, contacted me to ask me to prove my identity FIRST, with a deadline before they deactivated my account, rather than the other way around!”

A Social Black Hole

Dan’s forced exile from Facebook caused significant personal hardship, and resulted in him being excluded from social activities and from the significant events in his friends’ life.

“To have a profile on there that I can’t USE was worse than having no profile at all! Because people assumed that I was there. I remember that – after it was all over – I discovered that I’d missed an invitation to a party because a friend had sent me a Facebook Event invitation… which I’d never received. If Facebook had simply told my friend that I wouldn’t get the message, that would have done, but their “black hole” was in full effect. It was frustrating and alarming to feel that one company on the other side of the world had such power over my social life.”

I asked Dan if his being banned on Facebook had any implications for his professional life.

“As a software developer, I’ve often needed to have a Facebook account in order to test integration features on websites I’ve made… I just made a Facebook account with no friends and not under my real name.”

Facebook Is A Walled Garden

I asked Dan if he thinks people are too dependent on Facebook.

“Some people, certainly, seem a little dependent on Facebook to socialise, but I think I’m pretty lucky in that my friends aren’t too bad for it. When I closed my account for good, I had just 103 “friends”, which I gather is quite a small number. I sometimes hear people at work wittering on about Facebook, but based on the conversations, I’m pretty sure I’m not missing anything (and they all take care to show me pictures of all of their cats doing cute things regardless).”

When speaking to Dan, you can gather that he’s lost a lot of the affection he at one point held for Facebook.

“I’ve never really liked walled-garden social media: it goes against the spirit of the web. I still miss the convenience of being able to pounce people on Facebook Chat during the workday. I’m still on virtually all of the other IM networks most of the damn time, but some folks only do IM via Facebook Chat”.

“I don’t trust Facebook Anymore”

Amber (Not her real name) is a 30-something from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She has spent the past five years working in social media consultancy for large international organizations and agencies, helping clients create, manage and understand their social media presence.

She is a self-professed geek, cat owner and roller derby obsessive and has spent the past 15 years or so curating friendships and relationships through the Internet. Many of these friendships are especially far-flung ones, with people living as far afield as North America, South-East Asia and Europe.

Amber joined Facebook in 2007 when the site was still very much in its infancy. Upon becoming a member, she found that it was a nice, centralized repository for all of her friendships where everyone was easily reachable.

She also spent a significant amount of time playing Facebook games where she accumulated points and high scores.

“As an early adopter not a lot of my friends were on Facebook to start with. It was really easy to connect with folks you didn’t know and meet you people. I developed a couple of really good friends out of that. I also used to play a lot of games, the dating sort of ones like ‘OWNED’ and also things like Fluff friends and a lot of things that came before the Farmville era. Some of these games I built up a 2 year history on – things like Owned I had millions of ‘dollars’ (not real money, virtual Owned currency). I’d had spent small amounts in credits on some other apps, nothing major, I wanted to support the app developers and also to have more fun. Over time I did add more RL (real life) friends and came to rely on it as a way to communicate with them.”

In late 2009, Amber tried to log on to her Facebook account. Upon doing so, she discovered that it had been suspended and she was unable to access her account. To this day, she still doesn’t know why.

“Facebook weren’t forthcoming with that information – other than to feed me a stock answer about ‘gaming the system’ they would not enter into correspondence with me about this or provide a reason to my specific case and nor would they reinstate the account. I was locked out of the account with no prior warning or information to rectify the situation.”

With her account disabled and with no way of restoring it, she found herself disconnected from her friends and family.

Getting banned from facebook almost cost me my job

The decision to deactivate her Facebook account had serious implications for her professional life too. As someone who has built a career in social media, having her Facebook account arbitrarily and summarily deleted was nothing short of catastrophic. I asked Amber about the impact being banned from Facebook had on her professional career.

“It had a massive impact. I was contracting at the time with a massive global company who I had set up their first pilot page on Facebook. Nobody else could access that page. It had to be abandoned. That risked both my reputation and that of the organization. In addition to that I was admin of many other pages from my previous job (the business unfortunately closed down) – as most of those already had alternate admins and I was in the process of handing them over fully, they disappeared for a while but apparently Facebook had the good sense to reinstate them.”

I just created a new account.

When talking to Amber, you get a palpable understanding of the impact of being excluded from the world’s biggest social networking site.

The decision of Facebook to deactivate Amber’s account didn’t stop her from rejoining Facebook. Shortly after discovering that her account had been deactivated, she simply opened a new account. Trying to reason with Facebook’s staff was fruitless, and she had reached the end of her patience.

“I just created a new account. It’s fairly easy, really. Many people can have the same name and one person can use alternative IP addresses, so the only unique identifier that Facebook is able to use is your email address (and then, of course, your vanity URL/username). Email addresses aren’t hard to come by, so I used an alternative one for a new account.”

One thing that is immediately apparent when talking to her is the depth of her distrust for Facebook. Despite reactivating an account under a pseudonym, she no longer obsessively plays Facebook games like she used to and she no longer purchases virtual currency.

“Facebook lost its lustre at that point. The reason I’ve never played games again is because I’d built up so much virtual cache that I was totally disheartened… It wasn’t worth it. It just wasn’t worth it. I had in-game and real life friends so many levels beyond me that I’d never catch up and be able to play with them any more”.

“In total, I’ve been on Facebook about 5.5 years – about 3.5 in my current incarnation. So, this Timeline style they released last year isn’t a true reflection of my entire Facebook existence. I don’t add any milestones because I can’t be bothered if it can just be deleted on their whim. I don’t add anything that I might want to save for posterity unless it’s safely saved elsewhere.”

I asked Amber if she was ever able to access her original account. “I never did”, she said. I then asked her if she feels upset about what happened, and how she feels about Facebook in the years since, she had this to say.

“If you’re not paying for something, you are the product. You pay for your phone and the service, but you don’t pay for Facebook. I lost a lot of longtime old friends. There were some folks I had been in touch with online for ten years, but our old forums sort of died out with the advent of Facebook, so we migrated to being friends there. When I lost the old account, I lost friends. I wish I could find them again, but I’ve found that impossible with no other existing connection to them. I think of them often.”

An Error In The System

In some respects, you can understand why Facebook often makes such massive errors. It has a user base of over five hundred million and only five thousand employees. It’s the single largest social networking site in the world. Its biggest rival, Twitter, has only a quarter of a billion users.

As a result, you can almost understand why they make mistakes. It must be hard policing a community of half a billion. You can almost forgive their tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.

With that said, though, there is some serious room for improvement when it comes to how Facebook handles suspected perceived breaches of their terms of service.

When speaking to Mark and Dan, I noticed that Facebook were prepared to suspend their account despite having personally spoken to representatives of Facebook and provided them with information pertaining to their true identity.

As a result of having gone to such efforts, they really should never have been in the position of having their Facebook account deleted.

It’s also completely unacceptable that Dan and Amber have yet to get their Facebook accounts reactivated, and Mark was only able to get his account reinstated after speaking to the media. Indeed, Mark was only able to speak to the media as a result of his story being particularly unusual on the basis of sharing his first and last names with one of the world’s youngest billionaires.

One also questions the effectiveness of Facebook’s ability to block suspected fraudulent users. In spite of having their accounts deleted, both Dan and Amber were able to open new ones with minimal fuss.

Mark and Dan were told that their accounts were suspended for suspected false identities. In the case of Mark, it was as a result of sharing a name with the founder of Facebook, and in the case of Dan, his account was suspended on the basis of having a last name that is shared with only one other person.

However, Amber still has no idea why her account was removed. If Facebook is prepared to enforce its terms of service, it should be prepared to inform people with no ambiguity of their suspected offence.

Dire Consequences For An Administrative Error

The one thing that stuck out for me when speaking to Amber was how catastrophic being removed from Facebook could be.

Her suspension almost derailed a social media campaign for a large, multinational company. It resulted in her losing some of her oldest friends. It resulted in a loss of trust in an institution which almost all of us use to handle our social interactions.

If an administrative error on a website can result in someone losing old friends and potentially losing their professional reputation, we should be questioning the role that Facebook has in our lives, and if we’re too dependent on it.

We reached out to Facebook and asked them to comment on this story. When asked how they identify breaches of their terms of service, they said

“People report content or accounts to Facebook via the reporting links you can find on every page of Facebook. After you submit a report, Facebook will investigate the issue and determine whether or not the content should be removed based on Facebook’s policies”.

They also said that their policies for dealing with people who breach their TOS depend on the particular rule broken.

“If a content violates our policies then we will remove it. For example if a photo breaks our nudity guidelines we would remove it and let the person who posted it know. If someone is using Facebook under a false identity then we remove the profile.”

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  1. Diane
    September 12, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I’ve been banned twice this week and I used no profanity in my last post about 2 hrs ago. This woman has been following my every post and I called her an obsequious sycophantic cretin, they banned me! I hadn’t even been back on for 3 hrs...banned 3 days! I’m beginning to think FB is stalking my post just to block me if I sneeze. This crap is getting old, quickly! Twitter is literally looking better every day! Anyone else been stalked like this?

  2. richard jatel
    June 6, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    listen i have been suspended numerous times and finally banned or deleted and never once did they tell me what rule did I break other then their TOS stuff but nothing specific ; i guess the last straw was when I put in a comment about the nancy pelosi video they would not take down till CNN news questioned them about telling people they were getting so many hits on that video and that hits translate into advertisement dollars and that they are making money on hits it was the final straw and they deleted my account ; so any time one criticizes Facebook about policies u get suspended then banned ; I posted a few time ladies on the beach topless well to them its obscene but yet they allow g strings up the ass and just covering the vagina with it or the nipples its ok so I said they were hypocritical boom i got another 2 week suspension ; I questioned when people have drawing of sexual acts graphic ones they said its ok cause its a drawing I said damn thats B S ; then when I said I could report and did report 100's of drawing and near nude pics daily boom they suspended me a further 4 weeks ; and if you write some thing some one does not like u get reported because some idiot sitting on face book committee gets to decide what is right or wrong and does not give u the option of deleting it they just use a broad spectrum TOS rule and u to figure out why ;there are tons of fake profiles on that site people saying they are managers or presidents of some companies and those people are only 18 or 19 yr olds get real especially profiles from 3rd world countries but i guess thats ok

  3. Juda
    June 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    I was just banned for calling a black guy a racist...after he called all white people trash worthy of death...

  4. Chuck the bull
    June 5, 2019 at 8:25 am

    These assswhipes ban people and give them no reason and no recourse to even find out what they did to get banned. they ask you to submit a report and it errors out and wont let you and that has been like that for years SO ITS PURPOSEFUL! .
    Its obvious that its political they don't like what you post about them and the oligarchy fascist they suck off. always on their knees like the sniveling toadies they all are the entire organisation are intellectual COWARDS!

    • richard jatel
      June 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm

      I totally agree with u i got suspended and finally banned and each time because i said they were hypocrites about obscenity saying drawings are ok as was g string up the crack of ass and cunt lips showing but the g string there and i post topless and i get banned ; I also criticized them using hits as advertisement dollars telling people they are making money each time u go on face book is recorded as a hit and translates into advertisement money they charge ;boom another suspension ; plus like u said u cannot even find out why cause of the errors it shows once u write them ; Ithink Igot banned the last time as I said of all the B S about advertisement hits plus their total Hypocrisy about what is obscene or not and their total disregard of writing to them that I hoped some one hacks them again i got a total ban ; but now I am back on with a another ip address and another name then again it was some thing god knows what i posted or said got me a7 day suspension

  5. screw you facebook
    April 30, 2019 at 12:56 am

    I was banned for absolutely no reason. and i mean LITERALY no reason. i had my own music page with over 4k followers. had the account for years. never messaged anyone except family or very close friends, never posted any hate stuff or nudity of any kind. my page was nothing but spreading the love of god. but then again, god said this would happen. so it makes sense. facebook is a bunch of cowards and they are all satanic worshippers. thats why people with nauthy, evil and hateful accounts are still active while anyone who disagrees with things like isis and and other things gets banned. im done with facebook and i have a very large following of people on a seperate account in fb now and i am going to make sure all of them disable their accounts and never return. furthermore we are signing petitions to sue them in a class action settlement for breaching OUR privacy and freedom.

    if ur reading this, get off facebook. delete your account as soon as possible. join the fight #deleteyourfacebook #facebookviolatingrights #fightagainstfacebook #facebooklawsuit

    • richard jatel
      June 6, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      i totally agree with you they are just using people to make millions on advertisements and putting ads on everyone pages ; I too got banned because I said they were hypocrites on obscenity and making money each time a person goes on FB its called a hit and hits translate into advertisement dollars plus I post a topless women on the beach they said its obscene yet people post graphic sexual acts as in drawing and they said its ok cause its a drawing plus G string up the ass or vagina showing lips is ok ; i get suspended 2 weeks ; plus if you criticize the government boom u get suspended too ; i;m with u onthe lawsuit they need to be taught a lesson

  6. Anthony Mcknight
    February 20, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I’m on my 8th 30 day ban in under a year , it’s as simple as this dare to critique the baby killing illegal state of Israel and your card is marked , I recently wrote under a certain Irish mans (Geldolf) status that he was a wannabe Brit and mentioned the word Scum ! Within 10 minutes I received a 30 day ban I appealed it and not 5 minutes later appeal denied , so being a bit sick of this shit I asked 6 friends to go on Geldofs page and repeat what I wrote word for word and when they did I got them to report each other’s comment to Rabhi Suckerberg , surprise surprise not one recieved a ban , may condemnation of the slaughter in Gaza is enough to make me a target. For FB disgrace

    • Chuck the bull
      June 5, 2019 at 8:26 am

      could not agree with you more we see that its all political and they are in bed with apartheid and ethnic cleansing.. who is surprised that this Mark Zuckaberg pimple faced punk would be such a sycophant.

  7. Eric Bingham-Kumpf
    December 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I was on Facebook for 8+ years and when I wanted to log in.....BAM! This account has been disabled! I then got an email from Facebook claiming that I had been using a fake name and that I was trying to self-promote myself. I was then informed that I was banned from having any future account with Facebook. I then tried to get another account and not even ten minutes, that account was disabled. They meant what they said, so I am out from social media.

    • richard jatel
      June 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

      just get another email address and a new Ip address using a vpn service and make up a common name let only your most trusted friend know your new name as some good doer will report you ; or use your own name but put in a second or third name as a middle name or initial ; but yes the FB people are Hypocrites period ; you are lucky u got areply now if u write it says u got errors on your reply and it will not let u send it

  8. tommy
    July 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    fb is a bunch of wimps and if you don't agree with their politics you're banned, they cannot handle truth.

  9. tommy
    July 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    fb cannot handle truth, bunch of wimps and if you don't agree with their politics you're banned.

    April 17, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    They target people and then say it's too big to catch mistakes. I call BS. It's no mistake or it wouldn't be getting worse. My last 2 bans. A week for reposting a picture of sea shells that was already on fb! They said I was trying to sell a gun. No I wasn't. Last bab 30 days for rating a cartoon rendering a 9 out of 10 because the rendering character was smoking and I don't think it's cool to have a cartoon smoking on a site where kids will think it's awesome. I was targeted and I'm done with Facebook. They are re writing history and taking away our freedoms. Might not seem that way until u look at the big picture. I should have been free to post my last two suspensions without getting in trouble at all. Further more I'm 37 years old and not some kid that needs to be grounded. Bye fb. Everyone that reads thus should consider leaving so we can make a statement but I know most of u are addicted like I was.

  11. Yani
    April 14, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I got banned for...

    We Removed Something You Posted
    It looks like something you posted doesn't follow our Community Standards. We remove posts that attack people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

    "I've never denied being a racist... I think being pink skinned is disgusting!"

    You're temporarily blocked from posting
    This temporary block will last for 30 days, and you won’t be able to post on Facebook until it’s finished.
    You’ve repeatedly posted things that aren’t allowed on Facebook. Read the Facebook Community Standards to learn what kinds of posts aren’t allowed.

    No bad considering I'm pink skinned and have had 3 skin caners removed.

    It's my 8th 30 day block in 8 months with a mere day in between. All for similar reasons. It's because I talk about Palestine. The block are not because someone on my friends list is reporting me. I'm being read and blocked by someone without permission to read my account. It's 1984 ORWELLIAN!

  12. Andy
    February 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Wow so many people banned for such stupid reasons , I got banned for posting a picture that absolutely and quite plainly to anybody who could care to look did NOT contain nudity... But still got banned for posting nudity, I took a screen shot and waited for the ban to end, then of course immediately posted the screen shot to point out the error of Facebook and boom instant ban no reason given and I can still see the post of the screen shot... Facebook are so dumb.

  13. Mad
    February 8, 2018 at 1:43 am

    My children accounts were banned and now mine us banned. We all use the same devices for our accounts. What can I do?

    • GEAH
      February 13, 2019 at 11:54 pm


      Facebook hates all its users.

  14. Justin
    January 29, 2018 at 6:51 am

    (My internet went out in the middle of this so if this is a double I do apologize)
    I have been banned for the most minute stuff recently on my 10th alt account (the ID thing is broken) I asked someone if they were stupid (they blocked me, claimed I blocked them and declared victory over the debate even though the block list said otherwise) it was rhetorical of course but still 30 days. I have reported death threats, threats of physical harm, threats to even rape my (at the time 6 year old) daughter and facebook said none of those violated their TOS. I have never earned my bans (people report you when they hate you). I lost my account of 10 years due to a hate mob mass flagging my account into oblivion due to me finding a joke funny that they didn't. Once you are on facebooks watch list they will haunt you forever and even sometimes ban you for something you PM'ed to a friend (not kidding about 3 accounts ago I shared something with a friend and before she could see it I was banned for 7 days she was confused as to what even happened). I no longer can make alt accounts. Best thing I can say is to make a account and hope your friends eventually join it and add you. They delete my alt accounts as soon as I make them (may try to change my IP address) so there is no way to contact friends to tell them hey here is my phone number text etc. I am pretty sure they understand why I cannot contact them, my news page is probably dead though. They also have a new auto flagging stuff as spam system so if you have low friends but in a debate group after about 50 comments back and forth with someone facebook will mark everything as spam and if you keep pushing your luck they will log you out and make you change your password. Comments you make on a page even if you are the page owner under another name count towards that spam list as well. Whatever you do do not make a joke against ISIS 30 day ban for sharing a meme joking against ISIS (the sheep strip club meme very old). I will even say it is possible to lose a GF if you are just randomly banned or your account is randomly deleted. Imagine this scenario you and your GF get into a minor argument nothing big and you decide to explain yourself like an adult and make it work out buuut you posted something yesterday that someone got their feels hurt about or found uninteresting (I went through the report list you can be reported for a boring post) and you are banned or your account was deleted guess what that looks like to another person like you blocked them and bam there goes your relationship. If facebook hates you they will harass you to no end and will not hesitate to ban you for 30 days. I get banned almost instantly (easy to time post it look at how long ago you posted it before being banned, my record 1 minute unless you count pms then 15 seconds if not less) a post is reported when I report someone saying they going to come to my house and beat me up it takes 7 days to get through the system and for me to get a reply of this does not violate our terms of service why not block this person.
    (I apologize for my grammar I am a little tired and I am aware how old this article is, however, I think stories like mine should be heard and facebook isn't going to listen.
    A good forewarning for those who may stumble across this with questions. Yes they are biased, they will haunt you after the first banning and pretty much harass you, yes your comments are being automatically marked as spam by a crappy algorithm that is based on the number of friends you have, and yes if facebook marks you comments as spam enough times they will force you to change your password and you cannot change it back, and yes facebook can ban you if your post is boring to someone. Have fun with that. )

    • GEAH
      February 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm

      There is no company that has more contempt for its users than Facebook.

  15. Britt
    January 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Facebook banned me and my husband for reporting my sexual harrassment to the attention of an admin, we got banned for harrassment and bullying, while the person who sexually harrased me is free and didn't go against Facebook's policies.
    And after my husband got off his two day ban he was placed on another ban for "spam." He deactivated his account.
    While I'm on a seven day ban for naming the men who sexually harrased me.

    My husband and I previously reported sexual harrassment, which Facebook hasn't cared about, reported direct threats, ableism and things that have gone against their policies, and they didn't see a problem.
    But if you report the behavior you get banned for it.
    Facebook is garbage.

    • Eric Bingham-Kumpf
      December 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      I reported a man that is a registered sex offender using a fake name. I even gave Facebook a link to look this person up. They claimed that he is a business man who has paid advertisement on Facebook. Money talks!

  16. Corey
    January 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Lol Wednesday of last week, I apparently got banned. Not temporary, but what appears to be a permanent ban. No prior offenses that I'm aware of, nothing. Not completely sure why. I bowl competitively and post scores and share information with fellow bowlers, not much else. Had the account 9 years. Strange!

    Here's the 'not-so-funny' part. I just recently moved from Cincinnati, OH to Oklahoma City. I was keeping in touch with people from Cincinnati, particularly other bowlers. After being in my new home for 7 days, banned. No email citing the alleged offense(s), no return communication from Facebook when I have attempted to establish contact, nothing. I've received calls and texts from people asking why I blocked them! Hah! This screams 'defamation' to me! I'll get back in touch with people from my native area, but never again will I use such a service with a neo-Nazi regime.

    I also attrempted to establish a temporary account to inform people, but they ask for photo ID. Are you kidding me?!?!? Lol you're just Facebook...piss off.

    It's so funny, really. I have a friend that regularly trolls on the service due to the inherent amusement (who's account is still active, mind you) and we have termed the ban as "being Zuckered".

    A social media giant should not be permitted to have such an expansive reach, such inconsistent standards and methods of enforcement without accountability, employ someone to sit at a desk playing God, and deactivate accounts at will.

    Our reliance upon social media is so great nowadays. We stay in touch with friends from long ago, family, peers in the world. We use this, but why? Lack of equal and practical enforcement standards coupled with extremely inconsistent and shoddy execution will lead to it's demise.

    Remember, if you hate Facebook as much as these comments I've read over the past hour state you do, their fate rests in your hands. Deactivate now and live your life by your terms. The more you empower the monster, the more you are at fault for the ensuing social develoution.

  17. Ida Dubois
    November 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    After reading some of these comments, it is apparent F/B really is biased in and of itself. Even if you do not engage in political talk, behave, read news feeds and occasionally post a respective reply, use your real name, have little to no pictures, do not friend, literally lay low, they disable you anyhow.....out of the blue.
    I strongly feel it is due to keeping the server load keeping a balance of new accounts versus older accounts, and not always necessarily due to any adverse behavior. They want you to beg to get back, no thanks. No this chick. Some little dweeb sits behind a desk, randomly disabling at will IMHO. Quotas. I really believe it has to do with quotas. I have seen old accounts with really bad stuff on it, some break all the rules and bully, and do not get banned. So these rules of theirs are phony. It's all about quotos, and server load.

  18. Genisay
    November 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    And this is exactly why I NEVER trusted FaceBook. Ever since the site first appeared and people started using it en masse, something about it to me always felt like something I wanted to have minimal interaction with. I use it on occasion to talk with family and close friends, but for the most part, for years, I actually feel repulsed when I visit it, to the extent that I'm only on as long as I need to be, and just thinking of it makes my skin crawl. There are other social media sites that I would MUCH rather use than this thing.
    I have never liked the way FB operated since I was first introduced to it more than ten years ago.

  19. Ka
    July 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    This piece of shit website disabled an account I had running for years. OK, I created another. 3 or so hours later, they asked for telephone number as suspicious activity was detected. Interestingly, no phone number was listed on my account to verify, so essentially they just wanted a telephone number- this way they vould import my contacts and suggest them to me and me to them, yay, intrusion fully in effect and an even larger community for them. I removed the telephone number shortly thereafter. About an hour later, suspicious activity detected again and am asked to supply a photograph, apparently to match it with the one on the account. I rather doubt they'll reactivate said account.

    This company has a motive and that is to become larger and in charge by whatever means. You know how a monopoly operates? That's it. People need to slowly remove themselves from fb.

    It's interesting, because with the previous account practically all my Whatsapp and regular contacts stored to my phone were able to find me though I didn't have messenger, have never downloaded and have only accessed fb via the browser on my mobile. I didn't add a telephone number and used a new email with absolutely no activity. Yet, they were all able to find me. I also utilized the privacy settings heavily. Not promoting your shit for you fb.

  20. fbsucks
    June 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The thing is when you don't want to use your real name cause your crazy ex gf is stalking you and sending messages to every girl you have on your fb or at least the ones she can see, it was a repeat process of creating an account with a fake name and then fb disabling my account until they decided to ban my ip, the thing is fb was a very practical way to be in touch with my family back home.

  21. RPG
    June 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I opened a Facebook account for no other reason than a relative wanted me to look at the photos on their page. I have no desire to actually join Facebook, and not about to give them my personal info, so I used a temp. Email service to open a Facebook account under my cat's name. Facebook banned the account the next day. I appealed and they told me I would have to supply them with a photo of myself to get the account reopened. I don't take selfies or post pics of myself on the Internet, and wasn't about to for Facebook! The Walking Dead was on TV at the time, so I held up my cell phone up to the screen, snapped a photo of Ezekiel, and sent that to Facebook instead -- and they promptly unbanned my account! Maybe they just like dreds.

    Waiting for the class action lawsuit I know is coming.

  22. MArk
    March 15, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Facebook loves Muslims & Faggots

  23. Greg schweisthal
    January 19, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Bullshit facebook baned me all the time and will not show the post i got banned for so i try to post things to see what the trigger is seems that if they dont like you the ban you aka bully on the playground

  24. Rob Adcox
    January 7, 2017 at 2:47 am

    What a joke! Facebook told me I was blocked for three days because I called a troublemaker (troll) "stupid". The block was imposed in early September 2016. Well January 6 2017 and I'm STILL blocked! I opened another FB account, went back on the wall where the trouble occurred, and noticed a couple of people sexually harassing someone. When I reported them the FB I received a notification from FB that their comments 'don't violate community guidelines" and that no further action would be taken. Funny how FB allows sexual harassment on its site but calling an internet bully "stupid" is a FB crime! Zuckerberg is a MORON!!

    • Jan Marra
      September 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      I'm under a ban for saying no more than this: "You're a stupid sucker, 'Dina'!"

      Which "Dina" I took for a Russian troll. That's gotten me banned. Also some snark at Christians that wasn't violent or obscene or sexual at all but merely referred to their love of the fetus instead of the actual child. That's gotten me banned until late October.

  25. Wayne Adams
    September 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Facebook's "moderator" staff is loaded with people who play fast and loose with the rules based on their own social, religious, and political biases, and take advantage of the fact that it's next to impossible for users to appeal a decision.

  26. inspirationpeeks
    March 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

    FB is legally NOT entitled to SS information, as they are not employers or employees of their users. Shouldn't the Federal government be prosecuting fb?

    Requesting this information AFTER signing people up and letting them use the service unobstructed, sometimes for years, RANDOMLY, is extortion, is it not? This FOR-PROFIT COMPANY is executing a phishing scam. "They'll delete the info" - blarney!

    Who is fb to question the names we have been given, or chosen? I had one fb friend (native American) who owned property and businesses in his name, and was STILL rejected. Again, shouldn't the Federal government be prosecuting this institution holding accounts hostage AFTER the fact?

    I also lost connection to friends and family after being blocked from fb without warning. Eventually REAL friends asked me why I blocked them, cuing me in to the problem from their end. So I made sure to let my friends know what happened. (Make a list of your fb friends somewhere else, fast!) For almost a year, people thought _I_ had blocked THEM. Does this leave me grounds to sue for defamation of character? Fb damaged MY reputation.

    Being blocked left me more free time to pursue other activities, but eventually I submitted the id they listed as acceptable. Fb rejected the ids and ASKED FOR MORE, denying access again. At least in the few hours between submission and re-blocking, I was able to log in and inform contacts that fb had blocked me, rather than me rejecting my friends.

    FB is NOT entitled to our legal IDs. All we have to do to stop this nonsense is exile fb - turn your back on them. No users, no income. I'm checking my investments as well to make sure no Funds have FB stock. Those that do will get a letter from me - drop FB or I'll sell.

    Why suffer the nonsense and discrimination? I moved on to other sites. Just search fb competitors, you'll find plenty!

  27. Jimmy
    February 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    How about NOT "policing" the site at all? There really isn't a need to restrict free speech. It's just wrong.

  28. Maverick
    November 22, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Any idea what is going on?
    Facebook Page been unpublished by Facebook. Appeal status success with the help from Facebook Team.(Received email mention page is Published)

    Here is the problem now, Cant access and see my page.
    Try reset Apps and Browser not helping.
    Reported to Facebook not solution no feed back not responsed.

    Page Url as follow:-

  29. Anonymous
    August 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I have recently been locked out of my facebook account for using my artist pseudonym. Everybody in my life knows me by this pseudonym. It appears the only way I can get back into my account is to provide copies of my personal identification, which I refuse to do. Now I'm done with facebook as this is the final straw in the privacy department. I'd like to deactivate/delete my account but it seems that I have to log in just to do that. I've attempted to contact facebook regarding the issue but, to contact them via the regular channels, you need to be able to log in. I have found some general email addresses in order to email facebook staff without having to be logged in, and I am currently waiting for a response. If I cannot log into my account, then my account must be deactivated / deleted. Simple as that.

    While it is truly a kick in the teeth for me as, like most artists and freelancers and self-employed people, I rely on the social network for business, promotion, and opportunities—I am not going to give them copies of my identification just to use their service. And I am not going to give up using the pseudonym that everyone knows me by to cater to their constantly changing terms of service.

    Honestly, we're all probably better off without facebook. I wrote about all of this on my blog:

    • Laurie Haas
      December 29, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      How can I get a hold of someone from Facebook if I can't log in??? I've been banned for using a fictitious name, which it totally was, I'll admit, because there are certain people I NEVER want to find me, but I wanted to be involved in what's going on in my community and the world. So now I can't even get on to deactivate my account!!! Grrr

  30. Jose Medina
    May 7, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Seems to me that some parts of a person's Facebook account should be protected under Copyright laws. Deleting an account constitutes destruction of copyrighted material. Facebook could be liable to pay damages for that.

    I assume that the ToS do not allow Facebook to delete or prevent access to copyrighted materials. Probably, there are other (State, Federal etc.) laws that make other parts of the contents, such as the address book, the property of the user. Somebody should check if deleting accounts is legal.

    It is hard to believe that Facebook does not have the contents backed up. If they are made to pay damages for "losing" users' contents, then I'm sure that we will discover that they do have backups.

  31. Michael S Ladd
    May 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    My Personal Account was Disabled – out of the blue 9 yrs saying I am a fake person???? Nwever been banned. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am done. Already heard people are quitting facebook!!


    Your account was disabled for not following the Facebook Terms. Facebook requires everyone to list their authentic name on their account. Fake accounts and accounts created to impersonate someone or something else are not allowed.

    If you think your account was disabled by mistake, please file a appeal report here:

    [Broken Link Removed]

    Make sure to attach a valid ID to your report. We won’t be able to process your request without it. You can learn more about what types of IDs we accept in the Help Center:

    The Facebook Team

    this so retarded

    why would i not be who be who I am??
    My Personal Account was Disabled - Michael Ladd

    9 yrs and 1st ever disabled.

    Your account was disabled Facebook requires everyone to list their authentic name on their account. Fake accounts and accounts created to impersonate someone or something else are not allowed.

    WTF would i do that on facebook for It is waste of time anyway and stupid

    If you think your account was disabled by mistake, please file a report here:

    i made appeal but no social security !D i am done kiss my @ss Facebook

    Make sure to attach a valid ID to your report. We won’t be able to process your request without it. You can learn more about what types of IDs we accept in the Help Center:

    now they want copy of my social security

    i am done with facebook 9 yrs and never been banned and i wake up and get this crap and no warning

    The Facebook Team

    i gave a appeal but not going make a copy of social security card add on my pictures section on my laptop

    I give up. Facebook has lost it mind and gone to h@ll.

  32. Aaron
    September 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oh yes. When I had an account from Facebook and I could not contact NOT even my family they would suggest me to add Mark Zuckenberg as a friend… How on earth would I know him being in México? But the shurely prevented to add some people that were some steps near… Nice business!

  33. Aaron
    September 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    How funny!

    And when you just try to read comments and all of the "parts" wich are beyond the walls of Facebook and find yourself that your IP has been banned from those well mean people from facebook?

    The thing to think is how long are the arms of FB that they prevent you from anything that their extensions are allowed from FB itself. You don't need a FB account to read commentaries in a page that uses that mode but you are prevented to see them if you are banned.

    To let go an account (there is so much about it) you must break every rule to effectively be OUT of FB and the shorter one might take MONTHS as my own account (Posting nudes, harrassing, etc. just to make shure it was ERASED) because that asking politely just DON'T WORK.

    Now it seems that they do as they please. That is the only company I know that can ban your IP and ¡that is called a model of bussiness!.

  34. Linda
    August 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I've been banned from Facebook for 6months. I don't know the reason. Can't find out the reason. I'm just small town person, the only reason I am on Facebook is to socialize with family and friends far and near.

  35. Claire Deery
    July 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It seems that whenever I try to log into facebook, it doesn't allow me to log in even though I've got the correct email/password combo

  36. richard ashby
    April 19, 2013 at 3:40 am

    while trying to log in from mobile phone they froze my account. not having access to a computer, i tried their " customer service " . after speaking to someone for several minutes, i was informed that there would be no problem restoring my access. For $50.00!!! they proceeded to explain that fb has no " customer service " , and that in fact they were an outside company retained to perform such services. i lost it and told the young lady, (in poor imitation of her sweet English accent), what to do with the fifty dollars. after several days, i was able to access a computer, days after my daughter's birthday where i appeareed to be a cad of a father for apparently forgetting such a momentous an occasion!! THANKS FB!

  37. Akarsh Seggemu
    April 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    thats a great stroy, people having same name identity crises

    • Piroska Racz
      April 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Facebook friends, Warning!

  38. Jake
    April 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Honestly, the whole argument that "people lose out on invitations, baby pictures, keeping track of loved ones, etc." by not having a Facebook account is total BS. Don't these people have phones? Haven't these people ever heard of Skype or Google Hangout? Makes you wonder if these people even know anything exists other than Facebook. Last time I checked, I could send pictures, texts, phone calls, email invitations largely for the cost of a normal phone bill which most people probably pay for these days. The only thing I could reasonably understand having one is if your job is social media management.
    All I can say is, I've done fine without a (to me) largely worthless Facebook account. To my knowledge, Facebook still doesn't allow custom HTML backgrounds which MySpace did. Makes you wonder how MySpace ever went dead in the eyes of a largely second rate service.

    • Tina Sieber
      April 12, 2013 at 10:00 am


      I believe you neglect that on Facebook you don't send your invitations or pictures or updates to individuals. You post them to your community. And your community consists of everyone who wants to be part of it and you approve of - your Facebook friends.

      I'm sure people using Facebook still connect using all the tools you have mentioned above. I do. I even meet my friends and family in real life!

      However, unlike my capacity to make new friends and appreciate people, my time is limited. I cannot connect with everyone who is important in my life one-on-one all the time. But I also don't want to let go of amazing people.

      It gives me joy to read or see what is going on in their life. And I will reach out to them if they are having a tough time or celebrate their achievements with them. I think being able to connect with so many people is what makes the Internet amazing. And because many people feel like I do, it has simply become normal for people to use community tools like Facebook to share their news, rather than to tell everyone individually.

      Yes, you can mass email or text, but sorry, that isn't the same. It's not really social.

      Keep in mind that the world is changing. People move for jobs, they even move to foreign countries, and they end up having friends and family all over the world. In the past this meant heartache because ties to your friends and family were cut. Today, that heartache is softened by the ability to at least feel part of your community of family and friends, even if from far away. Services like Facebook have filled a gap that has been torn open by globalization.

      Sure, you can still call people, send letters or individual emails with photos etc. and connect one-on-one, but it is hard and time consuming. In the end, not everyone will do it, not because they don't like you, but because they have limited time. Facebook makes it easy to share and keep your community in the loop. Now if someone gets locked out of Facebook, they get locked out of that community.

      I can see that this is not your world and apparently you cannot relate to how it is to live this way. But maybe you can at least acknowledge that the world is changing and that people are changing and that not everything is changing for the worse.

      • Jake
        April 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

        Last I checked, Facebook was just as time consuming to update (considering how much the average user spends time on it and the numerous stories of people wasting work time on it) and manage. And posting on the wall is the same as mass texting and mass emailing. Everyone who knows you that hasn't disabled Facebook notifications will get an update on wall posts, including people you don't really want seeing them by just browsing your Facebook page.

        Not only that, in that entire response you neglected to mention the video chat services that I had mentioned. Google Hangout and Skype allow for multiple participants and are easily superior to what Facebook offers.

        One can also simply group chat with friends. That technology has been around for ages and you don't have to schedule anything, just talk to them when they're online. Its a lot more personal and social communicating face to face than to wait several minutes between replies and wall barrages where things can easily get lost in translation.

        And if you want an example of emailing, I tutored a kid in the UAE entirely through email and chat services. It was great and there was no difference to PMing each other on Facebook or other social service. I didn't have to go to multiple sites either, I chatted and emailed all in the same client software.

        One could make an argument that its easier to connect with other, mostly random people, on Facebook. However, out of those several hundred friends, how many do you really keep up with? How many do you actually know? How many of those peoples lives are even remotely relevant to you anymore? How much time would it take for you to check these peoples profiles that you don't really stay in touch with anymore? People need to start distinguishing real relationships from Facebook ones.

        The thing with using alternatives services is you have much more control over who receives the material and who doesn't (yes, that all important privacy aspect). Not only that, you're not banned for ridiculous things like having a celebrity name or an uncommon name with no real recourse other than starting over.

        The necessity of Facebook as an argument is incredibly weak and is really no different other than the ease of connection which people abuse on a routine basis by simply randomly accepting invites from random people. The only other argument is work related PR. You would think in this more technologically integrated world, people would have their own websites using a website creation service which offers much more features (including custom layouts) than Facebook. I never got the point of conforming to everyone else, especially on such a subpar service. I guess I can just chalk that up to technological ignorance and laziness, which in some instances I'm guilty of.

  39. Ben
    April 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I use facebook to draw people (call it spamming) to the website for my small business. When an account is deactivated I simply open another one. My friends I keep in touch with through other means.

  40. Andrew Shadlek
    April 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    i find it funny how there is a button to like the post on facebook when the entire post is about some of facebook's more serious errors and their consequences.

  41. Ice Cream Sundae
    April 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    WOW! Facebook needs to improve their banning system. They should at least tell the people why their banned.

  42. Faizan Ali
    April 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Facebook needs to look in to its policies... i am an internet marketer and my life professional life depends on facebook. If God forbid some day Facebook finds something not to their liking they will deactivate my account!. the thought of it scares me.. they should at least inform the user about what wrongs the user has been doing and then slip in a warning and if the user fails to comply Only then deactivate/delete their account rather than deleting/deactivating it without prior notice.

  43. hotdoge3
    April 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    don't go don't Like not for me

  44. Stephanie Staker
    April 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Matthew, great article. I have to report a negative aspect to Facebook to your readers. There are a multitude of child porn sites on FB. How do I know? I have SEEN them! I contacted via the "reporting" system and the automated response I received was: "Thanks for your recent report of a potential violation on Facebook. After reviewing your report, we were not able to confirm that the specific page you reported violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities." This link [Broken URL Removed] is just one of 5 that was found by the group Force Facebook to Block. Be prepared to be shocked as I was. Yet, a man who has a last name of "Q:" has his account deactivated? Something is seriously wrong at FB and I suspect the reason they refuse to deal with the child porn has to do with money. Ads, maybe? I don't know but help these children and speak up for them! They can't. Thanks for reading.

  45. Jennifer
    April 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Having a really hard time getting that any of these people have suffered any real losses. The tragedy quotient just isn't there, in spite of the author's attempt to dramatize their circumstances...

    Reality check - if you "lose friends" because you're locked out of your FB account, you should probably question the value of the friendship.

    If you miss an invitation to a party, how is that a tragedy?

    If you're a social media professional who sets up an entire media campaign under your personal FB account, you're begging for disaster in more ways than we've got time to examine.

    FB is just one of a world of ways to nurture relationships. When you can't use FB you still have email, the phone, the regular mail, person-to-person, Skype, Twitter, and many other communication tools at your disposal. The loss of FB does NOT prevent you from watching your nieces and nephews grow up, for heaven's sake!

  46. Areeb
    April 9, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This article is epic.

  47. Groupiest
    April 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I enjoyed reading every bit of this article. The power of social media and the people behind it is so huge right now. I had my account deactivated once but it was restored citing that it was technical issue. But I guess I could live my life without it.

  48. null
    April 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    I was gonna say something else, but then I thought better of it, I wouldn't want FB to get weary and suspend my account...

  49. Richard Mahony
    April 9, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Rule #1: Keep your private and business life completely separate.

    If you have a business, then create an online identity for that business: domain name; web site; twitter account; facebook account; eBay account (if relevant); etc.

    If you are a natural person, rather than merely a legal person, which in most common law jurisdictions includes a corporation, then create an online identity for that person following the same approach as for your business.

    Rule #2: If you have more than one business, create a separate profile for each business. See Rule #1.

    Rule #3. Even if you do not run your own business, never forget Rule #1. Create a professional profile that is completely separate from your personal profile. Never use your professional profile for personal stuff and vice versa.

    Rule #4. To protect your privacy, create a separate profile for each of your online presences for when you engage in public discourse on the Internet. Again, see Rule #1.

    Rule #5. If you fail to follow Rules #1-4 at all times, then sooner or later you will be very sorry.

  50. Ronald Smith
    April 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Words cannot express how much I hate Facebook and wish very ill things to happen to the people who own and operate it. I've had my account banned numerous times for the most ludicrously stupid reasons (like sharing content too much within a short time frame, for example), and yet I see porn pages galore that rarely, if ever, get even so much as a slap on the wrist. Are you kidding me?! That site is worse than MySpace, MyYearbook and all the others combined.

    Screw you, Facebook, screw you hard and with many different sizes and shapes of razor-blade-covered objects.

  51. Andrew Baughman
    April 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Well, this will could change one's view of fame.

  52. Mike Therrien
    April 9, 2013 at 12:53 am

    I suspect in the not to near future Facebook is going to shoot itself in the foot. The stance that it is free by virtue of USING people as a commodity while creatively resourceful it is alarming. Information being shifted and altered and shared between paying clients is staggering. the new collection system the Facebook system leaves it self open too is closely reaching a real a credible threat to the society as a whole. bugs, virus's, Trojans and spyware being fed through face book could bring the whole empire down. Facebook is big enough that is can actually charge for the service if it actually provided protections against the very people who are paying Facebook right now.

  53. Jonathan
    April 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    at all, stop using facebook... facebook only hep you to wasting your potential time to do somthing else, they only create a lot of problem... and for mark, there is many people in the world who have same name as you... lot of people in the earth have identical name, so stop that kind of stuff...

  54. null
    April 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Amber should have had a couple "extra" dummy accounts and added them as admins to whatever projects she was doing. So long as the information is relatively unremarkable, there's no reason the drones at, I mean Facebook, would have any reason to flag the account. And if FB does do something facetious or irresponsible, at least she might have has some form of recourse.

    The only reason FB exists is to make a few someones rich. If it were truly a "social" media effort, they would have adequate staff and resources to actually help their users have the best experience.

    And just like any other resource where "cloud" computing is concerned, BACK UP YOUR DATA. That includes friends' names and information, images, whatever. Don't depend on an organization to whom you are a tiny little pimple - er - cog in it's giant clockworks to ensure that your data is protected or private. Money comes first.

  55. MisterEnglish
    April 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Perhaps 6 or 7 years ago, I joined FB at the request of our local City Councillor. I was not aware of the nature of FB at the time, but did so to allow her to contact me, as well as her other supporters.
    I then got requests from people I didn't know, didn't want to know, and who were obviously just collecting 'friends!'
    Within weeks, I deleted most of the very little stuff I placed in my account, and because FB wouldn't let me delete everything and close my account, I sought to use one of the programs people wrote to close FB accounts, but they were no longer legal.
    I therefore decided to screw up the account so it would just be useless trash taking up their file space, and I used Google Translator to switch the little that was left into Chinese! After that, I occasionally got emails in Chinese, asking me to be a friend - well I used GT to see what they said ..... ;0).
    When I learned about a year or so ago, that it was now possible to close my account, I did so, and waited the six weeks to check.
    I couldn't access it any more ... Great!
    Perhaps we should all now seek accounts using the name Mark Zuckerberg, and invite all of our friends to do so, and ask them to ask their friends to do the same?
    Facebook sucks!

  56. Bud
    April 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I've recently had many problems with FB and when I send a report as provided, I receive a generic email stating that my problem or question may not be answered as they can't respond to all problems/questions.
    I can't access my friends pr their photos now. I use my email address to search for additional friends, only to receive a message reply that my email is either too spammy, or my password is incorrect, yet this is the very same email address shown AND password when I log into FB.
    A very dysfunctional web site with a boatload of arrogance emanating from it !!!
    Recent online news articles have stated that FB has been WARNED by the US Federal Communications Commission, aka F.C.C. for continual privacy issues with its subscribers.
    Also, they allow too much porno photos posted on their site, especlally from countries such as Turkey, India and Pakistan !!!

  57. Ms Hanson
    April 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This article demonstrates why I dumped my fb account. Intrusive, prone to unprincipled sanctions, shoot-first-and-question-later sanctions...fb joins the ranks of outrageous businesses I no longer patronize: Snears, Best Boy, Office Despot, all of which, coincidentally, seem to be lagging lately.
    Try this: my birthdate is listed across the Interwebs as January 1, 1900. Google sends me a birthday wish each year. If you want to know who is accessing your info, this one works. (Also, it's easy to remember. Your'e welcome) Why anyone would give up enough info to accomodate ID theft puzzles me.

  58. Leon "Spark" Sparclem
    April 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I have a friend who has been summarily tossed off Facebook twice, not because he used bad language or because of nude pictures, no, it was because his popular page was admittedly a haven for discussion of freethinking concerns. Some militant religious viewers who happened upon the page would "flag" it. I guess they thought searchers should find their deity without any of that opposing opinion stuff. It always gives me a chuckle when I think of the minions stamping out all naysayers so their all powerful deity does not have hurt feelings.

    From my experiences some moderators are tinpot dictators, incompetent bullies who make their caprices decisions depending on what their mood is that day, what they ate for lunch or how much it will impress their supervisor. I think Facebook management does little/late or nothing at all about bad decisions to shore up the moral of the moderators. There are millions of FB users and the wronged are few and haven't made a big enough stink yet.

  59. Eric Von Browwne
    April 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Five years after I deleted my genuine FB account I set up an alias email over the internet - it was literally an invented name with zero identification as to my actual self. I even had a new computer at that point, and I lived in a different town by then, so my IP address had changed. Yet lo and behold, several weeks later I received, through my new email alias address, an email from FB, asking if I knew the following persons. The scary thing about it was that I DID know those persons. Somehow FB still knew who I was, even after me moving locations and purchasing a new computer, both of which were innocent acts on my part, and even after me setting up an alias email address (which wasn't innocent, as I did it on purpose). FB do scary things with their software, and they don't declare these things to the public, they do them behind the scenes, in secret, for their own benefit. Lots of scary things.
    A young nephew of mine, who five years ago was only 8 years old when I deleted my original FB account, and who then did not even know of FB, well he recently joined FB now being a teenager and what do you know, FB emailed me, again on my new email alias address, and asked if I knew this person as they thought I would do. There is no way that link, between the alias me and my nephew, could or should have been made, yet FB knew... FB do VERY scary stuff.

  60. Terry
    April 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Facebook cancelled my account I sent the response message, got a vague and meaningless reply, so I just decided that Facebook sucks and moved on. Wouldn't use it now for anything. I am only bothered by the loss with family members that continue to use it nearly exclusively for communicating with friends and family, leaving me and others out. But those people have chosen to use a communication method that leaves some of us out so I guess we're not that close anyhow.

  61. munkyBeatz
    April 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Most useless article I've unfortunately read in a while. The author is greatly over exaggerating nonsense life the ten o'clock news to hook people into reading an extremely boring subject with boring content. Whole article should've been told in a paragraph, rather than a multi-page one.
    They've taken one adult who didn't post on Facebook at all, who was so distraught he couldn't create a Facebook account using his real name he "almost" threatened legal action. Because dear lord, a free to use public website won't let me create an account with my name!
    Second person, oh my god, he was just distraught because his login was disabled but not his account and he missed the party of the year that was being thrown by his best friend and only talks to him via Facebook! I mean what kind of good friend would invite me to a party over an email or the phone? He was so shaken by this, that it admittedly didn't effect him in any other aspect of life and he quit Facebook later with no consequences.
    Finally, we have the most catastrophic story for last. The unfortunate virtual farm ville tycoon lost millions thanks to Facebook. She lost such old and dear friends, because she didn't even know their names! Facebook erased her memory when they canceled her account. Oh and the most ghastly part of all, her entire reputation was centered around her fb profile and her professional life was ruined, because a resume and previous work experience just don't cut it anymore.

    Forgive all the sarcasm please, just irritated I actually read this article because make use thought it important enough to 'feature'.

    Am I the only one that thought it odd that this lawyer, besides sharing the Zuckerberg name looks eerily like and older version of the young billionaire?

    • Teodoro V
      April 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Your response looks like about the way I would react on the featured article on first reading. But on second thought the article did have some underhanded way of fighting back if you find yourself in the shoes of the three people. Make other accounts on fb and on other social sites. Although building up connections would be a hassle, still it would be an advantage to have the accounts and not need them, rather than to need them and not have them.

    • Jake
      April 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      If you work in social media, then yes, having your account deleted could put a serious hamper on your job performance, especially if its so difficult to get it back.
      Also, if you're running a service that is suppose to be accessible to everyone, you better have some sort of system that allows you to use the service if your name is similar to a celebrity or is an oddity. You shouldn't have to submit loads of personal identification to get an account back when someone can just look at your account and obviously see you're not the "real" Mark Zuckerberg before banning you.
      There should be more substantial evidence needed before a service can just outright ban you. To think it wouldn't effect anyone losing a substantial amount of relevant information (i.e. pictures, comments, personal messages, links, etc.) that would be on a Facebook account and is not easily backed up is very foolish.
      I mean, one could make the same argument about Gmail. Gmail is free, do you think people shouldn't complain about losing their account (and all the emails along with it) if they're outright banned for no conceivable reason?

  62. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    April 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Facebook is a convenient way for me to keep up with my children, children-in-law and grandchildren, but I can do the same thing without it!. This article caused me to strongly consider cancelling my account. It also makes me feel sorry for all of those millions of people who have no lives and need to convince themselves that they are "social-butterflies" by having a trillion "friends" on FB.

  63. Linda R
    April 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    This certainly made me rethink the importance of social media in my own personal life. I have a large family with 6 children 17 grandchildren, aunts, uncles, father,sisters, brother etc. They are all on Facebook and my photo sharing is primarily done with my Facebook account. I am now trying to decide whether or not to resurrect my FB page I used as an advocate for people with Multiple Sclerosis. I took a break for a few months but I maybe I should leave it alone.

    • Elbee
      April 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Yeah . . . I'm your age. I don't have ANY social network memberships. I use email, which is insecure enough, thank you very much. I suggest you use email, too and leave the g.d. FB alone.

  64. NoEqual
    April 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    They don't remove pass-off accounts.

    I've had an irrelevant account create a page under my pseudonym and they still refuse to give a memorandum, or even a notice to those acting the infraction illegitimately.

    It's all about money for these people who fancy themselves a 'lord chancellor' of the internet.

    Blatant disregard on part of the "Occupy" pages proclaiming they are the "official" page, which goes directly against their terms of services and agreement of use. Yeah, some people read them.

    It seems to me that "Face Book" is a divided corporation, into secular markets, " this market has X amount of control in Y " .

    Legally, the Temple Bar runs all corporations of America, considering America is just a British Plantation.

  65. rshewmaker
    April 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    It (the title) sounds dreamy. Where do I sign up? What's that? Press this little blue 'F' icon with a strategically placed finger? Nooooo!

  66. Douglas Mutay
    April 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Very interesting. As for me I have decided to not let fb play a huge part of my social life. I have closed it for a few months and only opened it a few weeks ago. I am trying as much as possible not to let fb a mandatory line in my life!
    Thanks for this great article!

  67. Mr. AntiSocial
    April 8, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Damn, After Reading this post, I suddenly remembered that I hadn't even checked to see if my facebook account was deleted. Logged in and checked and it doesn't go through! Thank GOD! I just hope it has been deleted and not deactivated! Well besides all the bickering, the people have to remember that they have to Read the Privacy Policy, etc. of any site these days BEFORE taking the plunge!

    When a site says whatever data you post belongs to them, I defo think you ought to think twice! The whole Bait and Switch is a real 8!t(# !!! I mean I am sure many people on Fakebook will not know that all msgs, IMs and IP logs are kept with them. Along with a very shady Facial Recognition Data! I mean WTF, People are just openly giving their data to be used for a 100% sure future mishap!

    All this Privacy Humping by the Biggies of the WWW and the Real World govs kinda seems like there's some tinfoil hat level Conspiracy going on Right in Front of our eyes and we're just giving in either being mind F%#$3* with social engineering or some other hidden tactics. Otherwise, I don't understand HOW can so many people so openly give up what they probably should not!

    It's not like there weren't other methods for communication or other sites like this. And Why None of this is Questioned and Goes on is quite a Mystery! Very Few Countries maybe one or two and a few Groups against these Giants fighting their evil ways! Seems like a very flea against Goliath kinda contest! Guess the fleas gotta start biting where it hurts! And well if the people don't support they DESERVE their fate!

    Another Point to note is how come Groups like A^o^ymous and other groups can be considered criminals even with good things done sometimes, but people who do the same stuff openly and much more worse, can earn billions by being called Innovators, etc all in the BS name of Marketing and Targetting ads! I don't think browser tracking to the extent of overriding so called brower security settings to gain a person's data is warranted by ANYONE! The sooner people realize this, hopefully the sooner things will change for the BETTER before it's too late!

    In fact, I ALREADY THINK IT'S TOO Freakin' LATE!!! Herd mentality is a tough thing to beat especially given the wicked sheherds are using their flock as guinea pigs! Wake UP or Die with your eyes open! Yeah 1000 friends on FB & 0 friends in the Real World deserves Congrats and Applause! Here's your cookie! Want Milk? Err. Go down to your store to get some! Peace Out!

  68. Peter
    April 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I destroyed my Facebook account upward of 3 years ago, using the then unambiguous 'nuke' option, rather than Facebook's more publicised one. I did it because of their half arsed security and because, effectively, the material that users put on their system is no longer theirs. My account was not registered in my name, because I have an obsessive follower; I used Facebook to track down friends and colleagues from the past.

    As I didn't become fully accustomed to the site I didn't develop any dependency on them but, in addition to my above stated reasons, I've read with interest the tendency of both UK and US companies to insist on having the passwords to job applicants' accounts (something that is changing with legal developments), the tendency of employers, snooping journalists, the politically correct, the police [...] to include such sites in their searches on people, and it all adds up to one thing; do not put anything on these sites that you wish to remain private, because the only person who can control their privacy to any extent is the owner of information they want to keep private.

    With the advent of Windows in particular, 'sharing' became a tendency that grew. MS assumed that everyone would want to share their files, and their OS was wide open. Earlier, and slowly, sharing had become wedded to the caring-sharing Californian style therapies and lifestyles perhaps best ridiculed by Douglas Adams in 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy', with robots instructing their victims to 'share and enjoy', thus neatly encapsulating all that is bad in restaurants, waiters, the therapies and a host of other silly things, predicated in modern political thought and contemporary views of how life 'should' be. Such was the contemporary culture of sharing into which modern computing was born, giving rise to a need for tuition in network bondage (of a non sexual kind). (Hmm, I think I might start using these lines on one of my websites!)

    If I ever open a Facebook account again it will be under a nom de plume, it will be short lived, and it will merely be so that I can see how many people have caught up with the digital age, of which there are many, and how many of my friends from the past are employing the same philosophy as me.

    Don't ever rely on these things, protect your personal data.

    • John Doe
      April 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      I have a 5 year old facebook account. I login about every 6+ months but I haven't in the last year. I don't remember the password. But I don't care since nothing on it is "real" anyway. It was just an account to see what facebook is/was.

  69. Elbee
    April 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Remember the recent quip, "I have 500 FB "friends". I had to call a cab to take me to the airport." Some "friends", huh? This article just kept hitting me between the eyes with that little joke.

    Ya know, if it's so darn important that your "friends" remember to invite you to parties and such -- I mean, if they're that close to you that they're actually FTF friends who have a tendency to invite you to *physical* real-life functions -- why don't you just *use email*?!!! You DO have those folks email addresses, right?!

    Here's how, since people have seemingly forgotten:

    "Oh, oh. FB has banned me. Let's see, I have ___ # of REAL LIFE friends. They invite me to parties, christenings, bar mitzvahs and such. I sure don't want to miss any of the fun! So, I'll email those people and let them know I've been banned, FB is masquerading as me, and that their emails are actually going into a black hole rather than arriving at their destination (me)."

    Problem solved.

    Here's another solution: don't get hooked on FB in the first place. If you've got REAL friends (its assumed your family is real), maintain contact some other way. Use FB for those folks who wouldn't take you to the airport on a bet. Though for the life of me, why you'd want to I just can't understand.

    But then, why would I and what do I know? I was born when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Ah, I remember my first pet stegosaurus . . .

    • null
      April 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      That's what I thought as well, especially with the second person interviewed saying she lost friends. Like, why didn't she just re-invite them after opening her second account?

  70. sachin goral
    April 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Didn't knew many interesting facebook facts. Thanks for this roundup Matthew

  71. Bad Robot
    April 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Nice feature.

  72. dragonmouth
    April 6, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Maybe what is needed is a massive, multimillion dollar lawsuit that will hit Facebook right between the eyes.

    It seems to me that Facebook has become a cult and, like in a cult, as far as its members are concerned, the cult leadership can do no wrong. It also looks like Zuckerberg's (billionaire) position has gone to his head, as in Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    • Elbee
      April 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Would love to see a "Waco" type response to this cult, wouldn't you? Oh, well . . . never gonna happen. Unlike Koresh, Mr. Billionaire Z has money and connections.

    • soulburnz
      April 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Speaking of the CULT issue - It's very interesting that a current show on regular network TV - "The Following" involves a cult on the show uses the internet and possibly a social network like FaceBook to communicate with it's followers. He is also a maximum security prisoner at times. May be truer to "real life" than we are allowed to know !

    • Hisham Sliman
      April 10, 2013 at 3:32 am
  73. Reuben Walker
    April 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    In regards to the screenshot with the tags, when I properly deleted my facebook account, Facebook sent me an email that was full of them.

    • GodSponge
      April 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Same here.

    • BobC
      April 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Au Contraire - do you believe Facebook really deleted your account? Deactivated, yes, but deleted it? No. I tried to get them to delete my account and they always tell me to "Deactivate it" and that will do the trick. Of course, you can reactivate it and , voila, it is "restored"! When I tried to get it totally deleted, nada!

      BTW, I am glad this site does not require you to "log on" to your Facebook (or twitter, discus, ad nauseum) to send a reply.

      • null
        April 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

        Au Contraire yourself.

        I've used it twice. Someone who actually works at Facebook may be able to tell me if there actually is anything left, but using any and all legal means, there is no way of seeing any trace of either of my two previous facebook accounts.

        The only thing left is the fact that I can't get the custom urls back.

      • epiquestions
        April 9, 2013 at 6:49 am

        if you deactivate your account and not reactivate it in 14days it will forever be deleted

        • Johnathan Martin
          April 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          I waited 2 years and my facebook account could be restored.

        • Muz RC
          April 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

          i think you just deactived it.. not delete, my delete facebook acc cannot access after i choose to delete it...

  74. Matthew Hughes
    April 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I'm a writer, originally from Liverpool, with the same name as the author of this. If Mark Z (the bilionaire version), takes offence at what's written here, am I liable to find that my admittedly minimal social media presence will suddenly go to zip?

    • munkyBeatz
      April 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Mark Z could care less about this 'whistle-blower' article than I can.

    • Johnathan Martin
      April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Why Do i not believe that your name is the same as the author and you live in the same place but you are different people.