Why Is My Facebook Account Locked or Disabled?

Updated on June 9, 2018
Why Was My Facebook Account Locked Or Disabled?
Why Was My Facebook Account Locked Or Disabled?

Why Was My Facebook Account Locked or Disabled?

Millions of people log into Facebook every day. We upload details of our lives to it, share photos, use it to connect with friends, colleagues, loved ones and even run our businesses on it. For many, it has become one of those things that you feel you cannot live without.

Imagine then trying to log in one day and being told your account was disabled. Facebook can actually lock or disable your account at any given moment. Then may restrict you while you are logged in, or may prevent you from logging in at all.

There are a number of reasons as to why they do this and as long as you know why, in most cases, the way to resolve it is relatively simple, albeit frustrating.

You may have tried to access Facebook account one morning, and been confronted with a message that your account had been disabled, or locked for security reasons. This would definitely come as a shock and without any reason given you will feel helpless.

Let’s go through some of the possible reasons as to you’re your Facebook account was locked or disabled.

Common Malware Concerns

Be aware that if you click on something on Facebook that is a hoax or scam, it may cause your account to be locked.

You may have been tricked into clicking on something on Facebook that leads you offsite. Here are three common scams:

  • Facebook Profile Viewer: Claiming you can see who is viewing your profile
  • Promising to Fix: A message convincing you to install something to help you fix a problem that does not even exist.
  • Videos: Random messages that say "View this video! Omg! I can't believe she did this!", Or "is this you? Did you know this picture of you is on this site?".

These are very common problems, and it is one of the ways that hackers and phishers gain access to and steal your account.

Reasons Why Your Facebook Page May Have Been Locked or Disabled

  • Fake Account: If you didn’t use your real name Facebook will eventually find out.
  • Misrepresentation: If you created a page that impersonates a person or entity it will be locked or even closed without warning.
  • Groups Joined: You have joined too many groups. The maximum limit is 200 groups per user.
  • Spam: If you posted too many messages on a wall or in a group in a too short time span, it can be considered spam.
  • Friends: You may have friend-requested too many people. Facebook has instituted a maximum 5000 friends policy, so this reason should be a rarity.
  • Under Age: You are under 18 years old and not part of a High School group.
  • Offensive Content: You wrote offensive content.
  • Frequency: You may have sent “too many” friend requests or made “too many” wall posts (especially with identical content) in a short time frame.
  • Hacked: Somebody may have tried to gain access to your account, so Facebook needs you to verify you are who you say you are.
  • Malware: If it's a potential problem, you will be presented with a pop up upon logging in, prompting you to scan your computer. Even though you may already have an up to date virus program be aware that malware isn't actually a 'virus' so it may not be detected.

Facebook Login Account Disabled Message
Facebook Login Account Disabled Message

Why You Should Read The Terms And Conditions

In many cases, your Facebook account will be locked or disabled because you have violated one of the terms and conditions that you agreed to when you joined up.

Did you actually read them before you simply ticked the "Agree" box? Many people don't because they are long, wordy and full of terms that are hard to understand.

How Can You Reactivate Your Locked Facebook Account

If you're locked out of your account, you may have the option to reset your login info by one of two methods:

  1. Answering Your Security Question: Simply follow the prompts and answer the questions to prove you are who you say you are.
  2. Getting Help From Friends: Select a friend on Facebook who you trust, and provide them with the nominated URL which they need to visit to retrieve a security code. Once you have that code, you need to enter it where prompted.

Regardless of the method you choose, be aware that after you complete one of the security checks, there is a 24 hour waiting period (at minimum) before any changes in your account or page status will be seen. During this time, your account is still visible on Facebook, but you won't be able to access it.

How to Avoid Your Account Being Locked or Disabled

Sometimes your account is locked without warning and as the hands of another unauthorized party however where you do have control there are a few measures that you can take so that you do not have your account locked or disabled again:

  • Take time to build up a network of page fans, likes, and friends. You can always join in Facebook ladders too. But remember to focus on quality, not quantity.
  • Limit friend requests and also the number of posts that you make in a short period.
  • Adhere to the terms and conditions.
  • Don't put all your eggs in one basket: if you are using Facebook for business marketing, include it in your strategy but consider using other social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Twitter, and building a following on them also.

Questions & Answers

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        Sonia nkem 

        8 days ago

        My facebook has been lock since yesterday

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        Debbie hall 

        2 weeks ago

        My Facebook as been locked I have not been on it

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        Britney joseph 

        3 weeks ago

        My facebook was blocked hacked and disabled and locked for 4 months

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        Maqsood Akhtar khan 

        5 weeks ago

        Why am not my Facebook account open

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        Anna 

        5 weeks ago

        I was switching to my other messanger account yesterday eveing and when i wantedee to swich back to the account that im using without facebook it showed me a message : You can't log in to Facebook using this account due to restrictions of the account type. I have no idea what happened and cant get it to fixed at all. its showing me that my password is incorrect and even when i reseted my password i doesnt work and now it wont even send me a code for resetig the password. there is no way i can access my messanger. please help

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        Manoj 

        6 weeks ago

        I sorry

        Thanks me help u

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        Niqui Nikai 

        6 weeks ago

        How to solve this problem? I made this account for my business profile. Now, I could not open it! It always ended with, "Sorry, this feature isn't available right now. An error occurred while processing this request. Please try again later." and this will repeat again. Please help!!!

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        Alejo Ian 

        6 weeks ago

        how many days will we go back to log in again? after I answer the question or the step to get back it said "Sorry, this feature isn't available right now. An error occurred while processing this request. Please try again later." and this will repeat again.

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        Kim McDonald 

        6 weeks ago

        I received a message my Facebook is disabled... I was just using Facebook not even an hour before it was disabled . I do not post any inappropriate info. So not sure what happened... I need my account reinstated

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        Juliette Sanders 

        6 weeks ago

        Dear Facebook, I have been locked out of being able to use anything on my feed page. I can't go to my Profile page at all. There is a lock at the top I have no clue why. I stopped my iCloud acct recently. I added a few new friends that is all I can think of that could possibly be the reason. Help please it been like a month of trying to get in my acct. I don't know what acct ID MEANS ON THE OTHER FORM. I have sent my driver license on a different one. Sincerely Juliette Sanders

        You can contact Gerald Flores he is on my page and I messaged his cell I was locked out. He can verify I am who I say.

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        Bee Eldon 

        7 weeks ago

        I have sent copies of drivers license and pass port and still have not received a code to access my old page I have all my memories on that page

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        ISSE 

        7 weeks ago

        Hello sir or dear my facebook account has been disable i send all my ducoments but no anwser so help me unlock my facebook account

        Thanks facebook team

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        Mohammad Sulaiman Rasooly 

        7 weeks ago

        Dear sir, my Facebook account has been locked or disabled please unlocked it.

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        Veronica hughes 

        7 weeks ago

        Can any help be given to help enable my account

      • profile image

        Mohammad Sulaiman Rasooly 

        7 weeks ago

        Dear sir,

        Why my Facebook Account is locked or disabled?

      • profile image

        Jhing Albaracin Fabroa 

        7 weeks ago

        Please help enable my disabled account..

      • profile image

        Pooja Mehara 

        7 weeks ago

        My account has been disable please enable sir

      • profile image

        Sandra stephens 

        7 weeks ago

        Siloam Springs ar

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        Khim Sacar 

        8 weeks ago

        my facebook account is has been locked how can i unlocked it and login?

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        ifeanyi 

        8 weeks ago

        I got locked out for posting comments on my various groups on Facebook in quick successions, I uploaded my portrait ,full name and email . I was not ask for an ID ,what is the possibility that my portrait will serve for the recovery instead of an ID.

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        salil 

        2 months ago

        my facebook account is disabled but when i am appealing the request for disabled account its showing the account is not disabled what to do unlock it

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        Niranjan Khatiwada 

        2 months ago

        my fb account is being disabled since two weeks and i cant enable it.let me know how could i get it back enabled

      • profile image

        Kartik Kartik 

        2 months ago

        Plz sir my personal account desbled my I'd name kartik Kartik

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        Stefan Barleben 

        2 months ago

        For a week now, I can't login because it takes me to a checkpoint after I enter my password. Despite my attempts at sending a photo ID and login in on another computer, I still get caught in the checkpoint. Is this a hack? Please help.....

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        Danielle jadie 

        2 months ago

        My account is hack

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        Vaibhav Patil 

        2 months ago

        My facebook account has been disabled plz plz sir i want my account return

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        Md Shakil Abid 

        2 months ago

        My personal account Was disabled please sir help me

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        Mark 

        2 months ago

        Help me to get my account back i dont have access in mobile numbers and also i cant find my facebook email. Please help me get my account back

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        amjad khan 

        2 months ago

        my id is locked

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        Pat 

        2 months ago

        My messenger has been recently hacked. The woman (Jessica Pendergast) that is using my account blocked everyone and is using my phone number. When I tried to log in this morning, it says: "Account Restricted. You can't log in to Facebook using this account due to restrictions of the account type."

        Does this mean facebook disabled and locked EVERYONE out of it or did the hacker prevent only me to get in?

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        Raj saini 

        2 months ago

        my account has been locked for security putposes and they need a security code and i dont remember my code how do i get a new security code

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        Aftab sayyad 

        3 months ago

        My facebook privacy security locked out not too get that

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        RAJIB KHAN 

        3 months ago

        Please my Facebook account unlocks

      • profile image

        husan chuy 

        3 months ago

        my account has been locked for security putposes and they need a security code and i dont remember my code how do i get a new security code

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        Sharukh shaikh 

        3 months ago

        my fb account was locked please help to open and activate my fb account. Thank you very much and God bless

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        Rahman Khan Bangash 

        4 months ago

        Hi sir my Facebook account disable sir my personal Facebook account please sir help me

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        Julie Fontenot 

        4 months ago

        Does anyone have a number I can call to get in touch with Facebook staff?

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        Joy Bonik 

        4 months ago

        Temporary locked fb account how reopen

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        bobbi sadler 

        4 months ago

        help my facebook is disabled

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        Mumtaz TGIT 

        4 months ago

        My account iS locked now, and I can not unlock, I do all things they ask, I pass test with friend photos, nothing FB dont unlock, I pass test with mobile number and nothing. So how to unlock the account ?

        PLEASE HELP ME

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        They won't help you in any way !!! 

        4 months ago

        They won't help you in any way even if you will sent your real photo and ID

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        Mpandi muhammad 

        4 months ago

        I want my disabled account for my orphanage to be abled because its now one month it says disabled

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        Md Al-Amin 

        4 months ago

        My Facebook account has been face locked disabled.please submit link

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        Victor Smith72 

        4 months ago

        Been trying 2 get back in my account for a out a month now. Sohow it was disabled and i dont know the slightest reason why.use my phone number disabled use email disabled. Cant even make a new account. Had my Facebook since 2007 and now im so lost. I have family pages and so much. Some1 please help me

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        TomislavRajkovic 

        4 months ago

        My account i locked for two days now, and I can not unlock, I do all things they ask, I pass test with friend photos, nothing FB dont unlock, I pass test with mobile number and nothing. So how to unlock the account ?

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        Ryan Mills 

        4 months ago

        Account needs identifying, when i try to do it, says feature unavalible! facebook are not repling to me! Its got my works page linked to it, only admin of the page so this is very very fustrating!

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        Tush 

        4 months ago

        My account has been locked for 5-6 days now.. it says to continue to help secure but them the page keeps coming up that the feature says error so i cant do anything .. not even to tag friends to show its me and all that i keep reading

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        olaleye olanrewaju marcel 

        4 months ago

        open my face book account

        birth day: 28:12:1962

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        Susanna maddison 

        5 months ago

        my FB page has been blocked again for no reason except face books reason and its usually wrong im sick of this so i dont care as i can use the net so if it opens again im deleting my fb account

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        Epati Lang 

        5 months ago

        I am one of the victims of those who was hacked because I was led by a hacker to select on a hoax that I can get more money on pubg but I was wondering if you could help me get my account back please because I actually spent 6 years on that account.

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        Vinay tikey 

        5 months ago

        Sir my facebook id has locked from 6 day sir plzz help me to reopen it

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        Majharul Alam Niloy 

        5 months ago

        I cannot login my Facebook account

        Someday use my Facebook account

        That's why my Facebook account has been blocked

        Please give back my account

        This is very important for me

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        Jennifer Pangallo 

        5 months ago

        Ive had my fb for over 10yrs. Saves 1000s of pocs and video's in private albums... well out of no where i couldnt get into fb becauae of suspicious activity, was asked to send pic of me to prove who i was,did that. Havent heard back. When i make new accounts within mins they want my phone # but keeps telling me its invalid. I am

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        Rob Riley 

        5 months ago

        Two days ago I tried to open my Facebook page and there was no response. After several more seconds than normal, after I tried to open it, it stopped and a number was next to Facebook. I have tried every tactic I can think of to even get an idea on how this happened and I am simply blank on the matter. I will say that I have never had any problem whatsoever with anyone, nor with the Face administration. Thanks to anyone who can give me som advice.

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        Annie 

        5 months ago

        My Facebook got hacked 3 days ago,. My account is locked. I have changed password still nothing. How long does it take to log back in to Facebook. Please help Thanks

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        Srinivas eviri 

        5 months ago

        My Facebook account temprerry locks

        Plz my Facebook account

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        ESTHER 

        5 months ago

        my facebook is locked for last four weeks and i did not no why is locked?pless help me my number is 0707794647

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        Cʜąʀɭɘe Kʜʌŋ 

        5 months ago

        my personal account unblock

        please sir my problem solved please sir

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        abdulqadir bare abdule 

        5 months ago

        my face book account has been disablef

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        peter mulimi 

        6 months ago

        some one has locked my facebook account plz help me to unlock

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        Nan Thin phyu aung 

        6 months ago

        Sir plz my facebook hasbeen disabled

        an is lock

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        niclette 

        6 months ago

        Hi my Facebook it temporally for 4 weeks now i can't unlocked it is anyone help for that please

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        Zelda Vercueil 

        6 months ago

        I can log into my fb account, and even post new posts, but can't reply or comment on any other comments or pages, i get the message that i've been blocked to do that. How do I change this.? and why did it happen.?

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        Sudhanshu mishra makhi 

        6 months ago

        Sir plz my facebook has been disabled and is lockd

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        Crystal Cooper 

        6 months ago

        My Facebook has been disabled and is locked and it says the name on my Facebook is Jen and my name is Crystal

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        Akash patole 

        6 months ago

        Hello sir my Facebook account is blocked it please unblock my Facebook account.

        Email: ap505157@gmail.com

        call or whatsapp his phone number 7767872678

        God bless Dr. Momoh

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        calebs richards 

        6 months ago

        My main account was been disabled,then i create 1 fb account again and has been locked and disabled again, i create facebook account for 12 times and then when i start using it there pop up that photo yourself lock and i always send to them but no response, anyone here can help me to get gid of this happening to accounts ? thanks.

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        Imt khan 

        6 months ago

        Your account has been temporarily locked

        Y sir what i do sir why lock

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        Abdihakim Hassan Saas 

        6 months ago

        why's my account locked?

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        Connie 

        7 months ago

        Pls help to unlock my Facebook account

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        Wayne Kessler 

        7 months ago

        How can I find out which post face book blocked me for

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        Chrissy guinn chrissy9560@gmail.com 

        7 months ago

        I have locked my Facebook account and I need help getting it back please

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        XLaurax XJaynex XMasonx 

        7 months ago

        Can’t get on Facebook coz of temoarery block please help me

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        TÕÛHÎD ÃHMÊD 

        7 months ago

        Temporarily blocked My facebook account pleas unnlock my facebook account

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        Avadesh yogesh sharma 

        7 months ago

        Why my account locked

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        Christina Pilvera 

        7 months ago

        My main account was been disabled,then i create 1 fb account again and has been locked and disabled again, i create facebook account for 4 times and then when i start using it there pop up that photo yourself lock and i always send to them but no response, anyone here can help me to get gid of this happening to accounts ? thanks.

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        Kelly Sam 

        7 months ago

        I'm sick of this disabling my account ask for verification of who I am disabled it and delete it go ask someone else can't keep deleting my account or take us down upload a pic every time and you guys take down my account

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        Ember 

        7 months ago

        So I’m having trouble trying to log into Facebook on my new phone and all the sudden my password changed and I don’t have access to my email do you have any suggestions that would help to give me back into my Facebook

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        Donna Weldon 

        8 months ago

        My Facebook was locked on 4-7-2019. Told an unknown person was trying to log into my facebook. Now if i click on my facebookname it takes me directly to another person, who has all my facebook info, photos, and she also has my phone number on file? Now facebook thinks I am her.?

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        Adejumobi freshbrain 

        8 months ago

        my two personal account was locked out,that's so wicked and pissing,you making me to lose things I'm not suppose to lose,that's so wicked of you zuckerberg,you don't even think of what people might be going through

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        Sandy singh 

        8 months ago

        Why my account was diactive

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        red way 

        8 months ago

        please unlock my account please

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        बसवभक्त शिव किनीकर पाखरसांगवीकर 

        8 months ago

        please unlock my account please help please help

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        बसवभक्त शिव किनीकर पाखरसांगवीकर 

        8 months ago

        my fb is blocked please help me please.......

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        John John 

        8 months ago

        Pls unlock my account

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        Darrin kowesky 

        8 months ago

        Someone has taking over my Facebook account and has changed my password and codes to activate account can't log in

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        malik khursheed 

        8 months ago

        Hi, please I'm having issues logging into my account. saying it's temporary blocked. can u please rectify this for me? Many thanks!!!

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        Rajendran m 

        8 months ago

        Please without warning don't disconnect my fb account.

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        Nick T 

        8 months ago

        I just got locked out too!

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        Pedson 

        8 months ago

        Every facebook account im trying to create so i can talk to my friends and its always disabled . I would like to know why . Is that mean fb refuse me?

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        Rajender chand 

        8 months ago

        I can't login my account please help me

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        Bright 

        8 months ago

        My fb account was block i want to recover it

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        Tony Curtis 

        9 months ago

        Some years back i used my driver license to recover my facebook account, is that still an option

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        Moladadmujahid@yahoo.com 

        9 months ago

        My facbook account block

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        gloriafforonda@gmail.com 

        9 months ago

        Why my Acct block even I never post nude photo I post simple how I post not allowed in Facebook I want to see that post if really I did thanks

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        Margarida 

        9 months ago

        can someone help pls???

        i was asked to upload a foto to identify myself for security reasons and i still cannot log in???

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        traciealexander77@icloud.com 

        9 months ago

        You’ve locked me out of 2 accounts how can I take them down or recover them because I need help

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        Angelita abris@yahoo.om 

        9 months ago

        Back my old account

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        Juliet 

        9 months ago

        Hi, please I'm having issues logging into my account. saying it's temporary blocked. can u please rectify this for me? Many thanks!!!

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        Jacqui 

        10 months ago

        Hi I get locked out of facebook every two days and asked to upload picture which I do then 3 days passes and I get in this has been going on since jan 10th 2019 ! Stressed out and no response to my emails to ask what is going on ... can anyone help

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