Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 42
'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message
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.
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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.
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.
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 Dashboard found under "Account Settings".
Last updated: October 29, 2013
First published: October 29, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
Pages in this issue:
- Philippines Typhoon Disaster Scams
- Wedding Invitation Malware Emails
- 'Suspicious Guy Claiming He is You' Spam Emails
- Hunting Family Posing With Dead Elephant Picture
- 'Missing Persons in Australia' Facebook Like-Farming Scam
- Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Hoax
- 'Young Romanian Woman' Car Crash Scam Warning
- No, Scientists in Texas are NOT Going to Use Sex Offenders for Medical Research
- Facebook Hate Campaign Against Keely Currie
- Chinese Teleportation Road Rescue Video
- PlayStation 4 Like and Share Giveaway Facebook Scam
- Circulating Video of Girl Throwing Puppies Causing Outrage
- 'Bizarre Unknown' Fish Caught in Malaysia Not So Mysterious
- No, The Bitstrips App is NOT an NSA Trojan
- 'Removing An Old Setting' Facebook Notification Message
- Did a Man in China Sue His Wife For Being Ugly?
- '200 Pieces of iPhone' Facebook Giveaway Scam
- Gmail '4 Missed Emails' Pharmacy Spam
- 'Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency' Facebook Page Scam
- Spider in Oreo Cookie Photograph
- 'Giant Fukushima Mutant Dog' Picture
- Oprah Winfrey is NOT Dead - Links in Message Lead to Rogue App
- ANZ Phishing Scam - 'We Detected a Login Attempt With a Valid Password'
- 'Microsoft Facebook Yahoo Windows Live Award' Advance Fee Scam
- Chemical Burns From Gel In Diaper Warning Message
- Charles F. Feeney 'Grant Donation' Advance Fee Scam
- False and Damaging Rumour - 'RSPCA Paid to Keep Quiet About Halal Slaughtering'
- 'Apple ID Information Updated' Phishing Scam
- ASDA Attempted Kidnapping Hoax
- Bogus Message Proclaims ' Christmas is banned: IT Offends Muslims'
- False Rumour - Patron at Cosmo Romford Finds Dog Microchip Wedged in Tooth
- Hoax - Picture of 'World's Largest Tortoise'
- Fogg Hill Wolf Kill Warning Poster
- NO, Obama is NOT Opening Free Gas Stations in Poor Neighborhoods
- Marks & Spencer Poppy Sales Three Percent False Rumour
- Westpac 'Login Attempt From Unrecognized Device' Phishing Scam
- 'Really Bad Virus' Warning
- Facebook Surcharge Hoax - £1 Per Month From January 2015
- BMW M5 Giveaway Like-Farming Scam
- 'Baby Andrei Needs Help' Facebook Page Donations Scam
- Beware of Fake Obamacare Websites
- 'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message
- 'Pieces of iPad' Giveaway Facebook Scam
- Hoax - Hacking Group Anonymous Targeting Facebook Users With Giraffe Profile Pics
- Bogus Warning - Canned Fruit From Thailand Contaminated With HIV
- Giraffe Profile Picture Virus Hoax