“My Facebook Page has been banned! What should I do?” This is one of the most common complaints I hear on Facebook. It’s happened to me and it’s definitely not a nice feeling. The best solution is to never let it happen in the first place.
Here are 7 top reasons why Facebook Pages get banned, and what you can do about it.
1. Creating Fake Accounts
Don’t pretend to be someone or something that you are not. That includes generic words like “house,” and nicknames such as, “Umm XYZ.” This goes against Facebook’s rules.
>>> Use your legal name and create business pages with your company name.
>>> Write an accurate description of your business on your Facebook Page.
2. Posting Copyrighted Content and Photos
Never use someone else’s work and claim it as your own. Nor use images grabbed from Google unless you’re 100% sure it is not copyright protected. If you start uploading images which have been previously marked as ‘spam’ by Facebook, your post will be associated with the previous complaints the image had.
>>> Create original content.
>>> Avoid using risky photos (you know the ones I’m talking about).
3. Running Contests and Collecting User Data without Permission
Every contest or promotion that you run must be through Facebook or a third-party app.
>>> Whenever you collect any user data, follow the rules, clarify that it is for marketing purposes and that Facebook is not involved in it.
4. Reported by a Follower
Using ambiguous words and trying to portray yourself as something you are not can have negative repercussions, especially if your followers find out the truth. One negative feedback and one report can lead to your page being banned.
>>> Use clear wordings and always speak the truth.
>>> Provide content at a time and place your followers will benefit from.
Rarely, you might be attacked by someone who wants to harm your business. Contact Facebook to explain what happened. You could also block and report other potential trolls before they attack your posts too.
Following on from the last point, don’t annoy people so much that they want to report you.
>>> Don’t add people to your friends list if they don’t know you.
>>> Don’t send lots of messages at once to your followers.
>>> Don’t over-promote yourself or your business.
>>> Don’t add people to your groups without their permission first.
>>> Don’t promote your business on other profiles, pages or groups without their permission.
Moreover, there are limits on things like how many friend requests you can send out at once, and how many page like invitations you can send out at once. Make sure to stay within those limits.
6. Posting in Rapid Succession
Posting an identical link, pasting the same text or commenting and liking posts too quickly on walls and groups gives Facebook the impression you are a bot. This can automatically get you banned.
>>> Leave a few minutes between each post and engagement.
7. Doing Suspicious Things
There are certain activities which are built into Facebook’s algorithm which can automatically get your page banned. From them are,
>>> Paying using a card with a different name or from another country.
>>> Suddenly running many ads at once with high budgets.
>>> Logging into Facebook Ads manager via proxy.
>>> Being connected with a suspicious business.
If your Facebook Page does get banned for a minor reason, it’s usually only for a short period of time and only requires proof of your ID to remove the ban. To avoid this happening altogether, simply follow and keep up-to-date with Facebook’s guidelines.
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Nabila S Ahmed
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