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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 42

'Temporarily Blocked From Liking Pages' Facebook Message

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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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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.

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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.

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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 Dashboard found under "Account Settings".

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Last updated: October 29, 2013
First published: October 29, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Blocked from Liking pages
Facebook-Blocks
Why does Facebook limit the use of certain features and what are the limits?
Facebook Competition Crackdowns
Facebook Like-Farming Scams



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