Circulating Facebook post warns that users are getting suspended or banned from Facebook because people they have sent friend requests to have clicked “No” in response to the question “Do you know this person?”
It is true that Facebook users can be temporarily blocked from sending further friend requests if requests they have sent have been marked as unwelcome or gone unanswered. However, this warning message is nevertheless misleading and inaccurate. Blocks are generally temporary and only stop people from sending friend requests and messages until the block is lifted.
Face Book Jail! Everyone needs to know how to avoid sending someone to Face Book Jail/Detention regarding FRIEND REQUESTS!
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ: Nice people are getting banned from facebook and it could happen to you, too – the reason is because when you get a friend request, if you click the “not now” button, you will automatically recieve a request from Facebook saying, “Do you know this person?” if you click no, that person will automatically be suspended from group chats, blocked from sending friend requests, and other nasty things for 7-30 days, and if it happens enough – permanently. So please.. if you get an unwanted friend request, just ignore it. If you accidentally click the “not now” button, then ignore the request from facebook asking if you know them – do not respond to it. Please pass this around so we can protect our friends (and ourselves!).
According to this message, which is circulating rapidly around Facebook, “nice” people are getting banned from Facebook because of the way other users are responding to their friend requests. The message claims that if a user clicks the “Not Now” button in response to a friend request and then clicks “No” in answer to the question “Do you know this person?”, the sender of the request will automatically be blocked from sending further friend requests and have other account restrictions imposed.
It is certainly true that users who send friend requests to people they do not know can be temporarily blocked from sending further such requests. In its Help Center FAQ, Facebook notes:
Why am I blocked from sending friend requests on Facebook?
If you’re currently not able to send friend requests, this is usually because:
- You recently sent a lot of friend requests.
- Your past friend requests have gone unanswered.
- Your past friend requests were marked as unwelcome.
Though we can’t lift the block early, it’s temporary and will end automatically within a few days.
However, the suggestion in the warning that the offending user will also be suspended from using other account functionality is unfounded. As noted above, the block is only for friend requests and will be removed automatically with a few days.
Facebook may disable a user’s account for a variety of reasons, including “Continuing behavior that’s not allowed on Facebook by violating our Community Standards”. Perhaps, a user who has been blocked multiple times for sending unwelcome and unwanted friend requests or messages might eventually have his or her account disabled. However, there is no evidence to suggest that people are being regularly and commonly banned from Facebook just for sending unwanted friend requests.
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The best way to avoid the temporary block described above is to refrain from sending friend requests to people you do not know. If you have already received such a block, Facebook has published guidelines for avoiding further blocks in the future.
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