Facebook has been known to shut down Fan Pages who are in violation of their terms of usage (and they may not even know it). Do not despair for there are ways to reactivate your account without having to re-create a different one.
This article will detail the most common reasons for having your Facebook Fan Page Disabled and the necessary steps to get your account back.
Timeline Photo Cover Errors
Facebook does not want the photo covers to be advertising space. Here are some of the items that may get your account shut down:
- Sales or discount advertising
- URL or phone number promotion
- Avoid call to actions like ‘Share’ or ‘Like’ or referring them to your apps tabs or ‘Get It Now’ closes
- No images you do not own or have the right to use. Also, no deception or misleading visitors.
While you may see examples of people violating these above terms, all it takes is one complaint from a competitor to get you in trouble. So follow the rules!
You can’t have people vote for winners using the Like button.
It’s tempting to ask fans to choose their favorite [photo, charity, etc.]. But Facebook is anything but vague about this.
They do not want any of their features and functionality used in contests. Period.
Seems illogical for Facebook to not want people ‘Liking’ Pages, but it’s true. Facebook has very strict rules regarding running contests and promotions on the platform. The most important rule to know is that Facebook requires that all promotions be administered within applications on Facebook.com using either a canvas Page or a Page app.
Your Facebook Page Name
Facebook has restrictions on what you can and cannot name your Facebook Page and how it is formatted. Please see below:
- Your Page name must match your company name.
- You cannot use generic terms and name your Page just “beer,” rather it must be “South Tennessee Hops Beer.”
- Your Page name cannot be in all capital letters unless your brand’s name is an acronym.
- You cannot use character symbols in the name of your Page, even trademark symbols, bullet points, or excessive punctuation.
Facebook Profile instead of a Facebook Page
If you are using a personal page to promote your business instead of a Fan Page, you are in direct violation of Facebook’s policies and run a high risk of having your account shut down.
Not only are you risking getting shut down, but you’re also missing out on many important Facebook Page features that aren’t available for Facebook profile pages. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Unlimited number of “Likes” or followers.
- Adding Tabs and Apps for promotions, contests, blogs and more.
- Statistics for monitoring and improving your efforts.
- Connectivity with other social media platforms your business may be using.
Promotions |Facebook’s Direct Rules
If you use Facebook to communicate about or administer a promotion (such as a contest or sweepstakes), you are responsible for the lawful operation of that promotion, including the official rules, offer terms and eligibility requirements (e.g., age and residency restrictions), and compliance with regulations governing the promotion and all prizes offered in connection with the promotion (e.g., registration and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals). Please note that compliance with these guidelines does not constitute the lawfulness of a promotion. Promotions are subject to many regulations and if you are not certain that your promotion complies with applicable law, please consult with an expert.i. Promotions on Facebook must be administered within Apps on Facebook.com, either on a Canvas Page or a Page App.ii. Promotions on Facebook must include the following:a. A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.b. Acknowledgment that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.c. Disclosure that the participant is providing information to [disclose recipient(s) of information] and not to Facebook.iii. You must not condition registration or entry upon the user taking any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app. For example, you must not condition registration or entry upon the user liking a Wall post, or commenting or uploading a photo on a Wall.iv. You must not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, the act of liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter a promotion participant.v. You must not use Facebook features or functionality, such as the Like button, as a voting mechanism for a promotion.vi. You must not notify winners through Facebook, such as through Facebook messages, chat, or posts on profiles (timelines) or Pages.vii. Definitions:a. By “administration” we mean the operation of any element of the promotion, such as collecting entries, conducting a drawing, judging entries, or notifying winners.b. By “communication” we mean promoting, advertising or referencing a promotion in any way on Facebook, e.g., in ads, on a Page, or in a Wall post.
Miscellaneous Reasons Facebook Unpublishing Your Fan Page
- Posting too much in succession. If you’re posting on too many Pages or Groups at once, then you may be considered a spammer.
- Tagging too many people. If you’ve been on Facebook for more than a couple of months, I’m sure you’ve had someone tag you in a photo of advertisements. Doing that will get you banned.
- If you are tagging/commenting/posting/sharing/embedding in quick succession, or in a repetitive fashion, then facebook might decide you are spammy. facebook has an idea of what ‘normal behaviour by real people’ is, and anything outside of that might cause you trouble.
How to Get Your Facebook Fan Page Back if It’s Been Disabled
All you have to do is send an email to the following inquiring about the reason that Facebook disabled your account and explain your willingness to remove any violating content in order to reactivate your account.
That usually does the job of getting your account back within a period of 2-5 days, depending on whether you actually had a violation or not.
Most common reasons for Account disabling? Someone ratted on you for one of the following reasons:
- Showing too much cleavage if you are a women and getting a warning for it and ignoring it.
- You didn’t use your real name that is on your birth certificate!
- Browsing too much of Facebook too often, mostly due to apps like Snap2Face and others like it.
- and many many more!
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