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‘Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages’ Facebook Message

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Facebook users have reported being blocked from liking Pages after receiving a message stating that they have been blocked for thirty days because of the amount and types of Pages they have liked recently. 

Brief Analysis

The reports are genuine. Facebook can and does temporarily block people from liking Pages and from other Facebook features if it feels that its community standards have been violated.

Examples

You’re Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages
You’ve been temporarily blocked from liking Pages on Facebook because of the amount and type of Pages you’ve liked recently. We’ve also cleared all of your likes from the past 30 days.

You’ll be able to like Pages again in 30 days.

Remember that you should only like Pages you’re genuinely interested in. Visit the Facebook Community Standards to learn more about our policies.

Facebook Blocked From Liking Pages Message

 

Detailed Analysis

Circulating reports from Facebook users claim that people have been blocked from liking Facebook Pages for a period of thirty days because of the amount and type of Pages they have liked recently. 

Some have suggested that the circulating warnings are hoaxes. However, the claims are true.  Facebook can and does block people from taking certain actions on Facebook – including liking Pages – for varying periods if it feels that its policies have been violated.

In its help files on blocks, Facebook notes:

I’m blocked from using a feature (ex: sending messages, tagging things, uploading photos, etc.).

Facebook has policies in place to stop behavior that other people may find annoying or abusive. We’ve determined that you used a feature in a way that could be considered abusive, even if you didn’t mean to.

And, on another help file it notes:

Why does Facebook limit the use of certain features and what are the limits?We have limits in place to prevent abuse of our features and to protect people from spam and harassment. For example, if someone is sending out a bunch of messages to people they aren’t friends with, they may be warned or temporarily blocked from sending messages.

Many people caught by the Page like ban have questioned why they have been targeted. But, Facebook is characteristically tight-lipped on exactly why people may receive a ban and what limits trigger such bans. It explains:

Unfortunately, we can’t provide additional details on the rate limits that are enforced.

Although it remains unsubstantiated, it has been suggested that one reason that Facebook may impose the ban is to reign in suspect giveaway Pages by taking their likes away. If so, the tactic is doing very little to control the increasing number of like-farming Pages appearing on Facebook.

If you do experience a Facebook block, you can check the status of the block – and the time remaining – via the Support Inbox found under “Account Settings”.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer