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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        Nick T 

        16 hours ago

        I just got locked out too!

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        Pedson 

        2 days 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 

        4 days ago

        I can't login my account please help me

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        Bright 

        7 days ago

        My fb account was block i want to recover it

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        Tony Curtis 

        9 days 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 

        10 days ago

        My facbook account block

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        gloriafforonda@gmail.com 

        2 weeks 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

      • profile image

        Margarida 

        2 weeks 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 

        2 weeks 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 

        4 weeks ago

        Back my old account

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        Juliet 

        5 weeks 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 

        5 weeks 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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        Sadiq sadiq 

        6 weeks ago

        My account is locked so please unlocked account was "temporarily" locked due to phishing over 48 hours ago, she has gone through the recovery process that she is prompted to do when she goes to the log in page and is still unable to log in. No where does it say how long this will last or that it will last longer then the password reset process. Every time she resets the password it says she can return to her account now, but when she tries to log in it restarts the process. how long should this last, and how can she reset the account and gain access to it again.

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        Agnee Hin Shristy 

        6 weeks ago

        Unfortunately logout problem. plase sir solved this my facebook logout problem.its my real id.my parsonal business id. please sir unlock my facebook acaunt. sir thanks facebook tem.

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        Agnee Hin Shristy 

        6 weeks ago

        Unfortunately logout problem.plase sir unlock my facebook id.its my reall parsonal buisness acaunt.tnq facebook help tem.

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        Rafique 

        7 weeks ago

        My account block sir pls unblock my account I try lot of tome

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        LeeAnne 

        8 weeks ago

        Every time I update my Facebook app I lose it

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        Hiks 

        8 weeks ago

        oh man... locked out AGAIN! thats 2x in 1 week. This is annoying! FB get rid of your bot.... how can ppl grow their business when yo create a pathetic algorithm like that!

      • profile image

        Hjim 

        2 months ago

        Facebook locked my new account AGAIN! I sent an appeal but didn't received any email from them. This is just frustrating.

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        7408567678 barrin70 

        2 months ago

        Got locked out of my acct after liking some pages

      • profile image

        Samantha Turner 

        2 months ago

        He keeps sending me a loggin code but when i put it in it says its expired

      • profile image

        Terri Silverman 

        2 months ago

        This is the 3rd time! Had to create a new account account! Everything was perfect! Then I was locked out! They are asking for a photo prove it is me! How long does this take!! I was posting all friendly info! Don't understand! I have been on Facebook for years! Never ever locked o

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        nkji 

        2 months ago

        my personal account unblock

        please sir my problem solved please sir

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        Karina mclachlan 

        2 months ago

        Why is my facebook account locked again, what did i do. I have lost 2 accounts. I now fear this 1.

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        Thist 

        2 months ago

        This is my third time being locked out losing 2 accounts. Im now worried about this 1.

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        ruwanithakshika@gmail.com 

        2 months ago

        i cant log in my facebook Acount.please helpme

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        Accra ghana 

        2 months ago

        Please my facebook name is Yh Aw

        Why does this happend to me everyweek.

        They used to tell me to confirm my account every week

        Now they'v asked me for several time.and they ve locken my account.

        What the hell is wrong with facebook

        I have confirm my identity but still not working.

        Please if facebook dont stop this sheet.

        Their site will be part of the stopid site ever.

        Please do something about this for me

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        Lovely evenly 

        2 months ago

        I cant log into my acct help me

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        Rhiyan Clark Millado 

        2 months ago

        Please help me to get my account back..

      • profile image

        Ei Sabai Zaw 

        2 months ago

        My Fb account has been locked last 1day.I wanna get back at that account.Can u help me or not.

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        Ria s Bakker 

        2 months ago

        Hey whats going on i had my account for auto sign in and suddenly im locked out, is facebook up to no good, i have family and friends from around the world on it, please can you give me assistance to access my account thanks

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        Gai Pearson 

        2 months ago

        I have been locked out of my Facebook account why? It says someone has tried to access my account - NEED HELP

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        Edmund Fuentes 

        2 months ago

        i tho im the one who got disabled

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        Fydz matins 

        2 months ago

        Please unlock my facebook account

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        michaeloruacaballes 

        2 months ago

        I can't loggin my facebook account..

        Please help me..

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        Tahreek E kashmir 

        2 months ago

        Dear, sir my relative account has been disabled from your team mistak my account takreek e kashmir this is real account please reopen my account

        Thanks fb team

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        Soe 

        2 months ago

        Name Change lock

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        Sasha rudhra 

        3 months ago

        My account was locked i am trying to many times but i can't open my Facebook account kindly help me

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        Vishnukant Ray 

        3 months ago

        Facebook account looked Karen hai

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        dominique 

        3 months ago

        new phone new account 15 days later im locked out !!!!!!!

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        Corine delgado 

        3 months ago

        Fb locked my account 5 times with no reason and no one gives a dam

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        SaMi Ullah Naryabii 

        3 months ago

        My account has locked plz help

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        Kristin 

        3 months ago

        They have locked me out and asked me to change or confirm my name but when I try it just gives me an error message, I really need into my business page.

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        Auwalu surajo 

        3 months ago

        My facebook account is disabled because i text my self from the facebook messanger. Is there any chance that i can get back my account?

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        Ashok 

        3 months ago

        My account is locked you why

        This is not fair

        Please started my account

        Are sure

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        Anold Raster 

        3 months ago

        My Facebook is locked by someone please help me

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        Long John 

        3 months ago

        I can log onto my account but it is locked. only shows a SETTINGS and LOGOUT icon with out a news feed only showing my public posts. No way to contact their suck ass support for help.

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        AlanDoughtyXIII 

        3 months ago

        My account was blocked, and FakeBlock demanded a photo for verification. That was nearly two weeks ago, and I need to connect for business reasons. I tried to create a new account, and then they demanded a photo for that too. So now I am locked out and am beginning to daydream about attacking their headquarters. I don't want security. I want prosperity. If users are irresponsible, they deserve whatever unpleasantness they get. Why should I suffer for it?

        I say anyone who tries to protect idiots should be immediately taken out and shot. Because we want the idiots to suffer the consequences of their actions; it would make life easier for the rest of us.

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        Jennifer samji / solano 

        3 months ago

        My face book has been locked since August I constantly up load identification please help me

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        Inuka Kimberley 

        3 months ago

        Please help my fb account has been locked. I was asked to load a profile pic for security reasons, even now it's still verifying

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        Ebony Davis 

        3 months ago

        I'm locked out of my ebCityDavis page and I'm locked out of my new page LaShawn Davis. I had to make the new page LaShawn Davis because I got a new phone and new email. I need answers ASAP but I'm still in my messenger though

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        Phyllis Madere 

        3 months ago

        My problem started yesterday, Friday. On my phone, fb asked if I had a new mobile number. Your number 985-212-7929 is no longer up to date. Please add a new one to continue using fb.

        That is the ONLY cell number I've had.

        I tried putting my number in (add number), Ask me to add a valid phone number (in red) I did this a bunch of times. Now it still says I'm not using a valid number. and my account is locked.

        Please help.

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        Darlene Marheine 

        4 months ago

        Locked out of Facebook shows the same thing over and over

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        Bud Franklin 

        4 months ago

        My facebook account has been locked

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        Rahul 

        4 months ago

        Please help me

        My personal account was locked

        And you please help me

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        vinay sunitha 

        4 months ago

        My Facebook is located I want to be open

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        Ryan987 

        4 months ago

        CHARLIEHACKTIVIST AT GMAIL DOT COM is the contact I use for all my hacking and tracking . i downloaded lots of junks just because I used to believe in doing things myself . I was really heavy in the head after I tried many apps. Finally I had to contact mark Harley with the number and spoke with him . fortunately I was referred to him by someone he knows well . that was jenny from Oregon city . it was a success story

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        Peter 

        4 months ago

        I went on today an it said my account has been locked i cant even continue to get on the identity part

      • profile image

        Ebana eva 

        4 months ago

        I can't loggin my facebook account..

        Please help me..

      • profile image

        John Lambert 

        4 months ago

        I set up a new account on facebook but within seconds it was disabled. I have done this twice now with the same result. I don't understand why!

      • profile image

        Abigaildakota 

        4 months ago

        Please my persnol account has been disbale please help me

      • profile image

        Alma Hicks 

        4 months ago

        My face book is lock how do I un lock it

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        Odejimi qudus 

        4 months ago

        Im not more using the number they told me to verify it

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        Jim 

        4 months ago

        Is the user ever told what the exact problem is?

      • profile image

        akbar ali 

        5 months ago

        my account has been lockedfor 2days now can you please help me to get it back

      • profile image

        Shuterria Hobbs 

        5 months ago

        My account been disabled for 3 days now can you please help me get It back

      • profile image

        Ahsan Iqbal 

        5 months ago

        My facebook has been lock due to security reason phishing since august 3 .. security check link broken

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        Maritza Roman 

        5 months ago

        My facebook account has been disabled since august 9th and still can't log into it.... to me it has been hacked or something like that but I would want to recover my facebook back and I don't know how to get back in... can anyone please help me? I have sent many appeals and still nothing...

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        Anjali 

        5 months ago

        I'd open

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        Gary 

        5 months ago

        Also mine lock

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        Fahad 

        5 months ago

        my account has been disable please help me

        i was sent appeal 5 to 6 time but no reply

      • profile image

        sofia 

        5 months ago

        i think its wirus..we are so many people blocked outside from our accounts days now without reason...do something finally !!

      • profile image

        Burnychesher 

        6 months ago

        Some one tried to hack my acount it says i am not allowed on face book i sent a pict it says it is revewing my account how long dose it take

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        kyriaki pintzoy 

        6 months ago

        I been using my facebook accound for about 10 years...suddenly 9 days ago it locked without warning...In my opinion I didn't violate the terms and condition of management.since then I try to recover every day but it hasn't worked....please I want to help me to access in my accoynd again....could anyone help me?thank you in advance!!!

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        Rukhsaar aqeel 

        6 months ago

        i used my account last night my face book account was working and ok but when i woke up in the morning to message my boss i found out that my account is locked without warning.... i was confused.... since then i am trying to recover... but nothing is working... please i need help to aces my account...

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        suey 

        6 months ago

        I been using my facebook acct for more than 10 yrs sunddenly fb locked my acct with out warning.as far i remember i did not violate any terms and conditon of the management.Can anybody tell me what to do?

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        Tekla 

        6 months ago

        My account was disabled. IT is so frustrating bcs I did not wished to use Facebook at all but I was forced to. I need it to do a developer work which is about developing apps on Pages. So I registered and immediately my boss added me to the Page I need to edit, Facebook disabled my account. I did nothing wrong it was my first account. I would never register for this service on my own.

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        Kifayat Jani 

        6 months ago

        Please my persnol account has been disbale please help me

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        Nelson James 

        6 months ago

        i used my account last night my face book account was working and ok but when i woke up in the morning to message my boss i found out that my account is locked without warning.... i was confused.... since then i am trying to recover... but nothing is working... please i need help to aces my account...

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        dannyregan1993 

        6 months ago

        hi can anyone below tell me if your accounts got unlocked in the end? mine is locked out I try press continue 90% of the time it just loads then says error. When I do get to security identify photos of friends it just loads again and wont work, been nearly 4 days now does anyone no when it will be sorted???????????

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        https://www.facebook.com/ejaz.wazir.39 

        6 months ago

        hack this account

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        Britt 

        6 months ago

        Same here it juat told me my account is temporarily locked but when i try to click continue it wont work...why is this happening and is it a fb glitch?!

      • profile image

        Eufri 

        6 months ago

        Same here!! My fb it's temp locked and the "continue" button is not working. and always saying that something went wrong. Please help me

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        Ericka 

        6 months ago

        Same here @julius

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        Julius Aure Javier 

        6 months ago

        There someone who cant help me to fix my Facebook account its temp locked and each time i answer questions and click continue,,it doesn't go forward.

        Please Help Me Badly need it i hope some one read this please please :(

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        Raymond Valentine 

        6 months ago

        Facebook. just disabled my account without even warning me. How can I. get it back?

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        Lexus springs 

        6 months ago

        One time i got my locked facebook back by report locked hacked account on twitter.

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        Ashly Jayme 

        6 months ago

        My fb accnt was temporary lock and i answered all questions but nothing happens i can't log in. Why?

        I really need my accnt for my business. Please help me to fix it.

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        Clement Okilo 

        6 months ago

        My account was hacked by someone and the person change my password and phone number so i don't have access to the account but when I try to login it was block or disabled my username is Clement Okilo want you to help me have access to my account again i need verification code. Thanks

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        Goran Jovcev 

        6 months ago

        my FB account is temp locked and each time i answer questions and click continue,,it doesn't go forward. what can i do please and some mesage is pop up srry something went wrong

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        Puspak danuwar 

        6 months ago

        My facebook account is temporarily blocked but I don't recive verfication code can u send verification code my email.

        Thanku you.

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        Ella Adu Adepa 

        6 months ago

        Please do something about this .i just got lock out form my accout should have warnerd the user second before locking my accout why facebook always locking me please do something about this

      • profile image

        Kiko 

        6 months ago

        This will be the downfall of facebook, i just got lock out from my account they should have warned the user first before locking accounts.

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        Khan malik 

        6 months ago

        My personal account was disabled your team mistake my real account no fake account please open my account my request please please please Facebook team

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        ELS 

        6 months ago

        Everything was great. Logged out, realized there was a typo on a post, tried to log back in and BAM! - locked out! I'm thinking it might be time to have my client close her account. There are too many issues with Facebook now and the platform is not worth the hassle and continuous changes.

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        vallo riberto 

        6 months ago

        I'm locked out and I shouldn't be???

      • profile image

        Mba chinecherem 

        6 months ago

        My facebook is telling that something went Wrong

        facebook error

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        Olaoluwa 

        6 months ago

        my FB account is temp locked and each time i answer questions and click continue,,it doesn't go forward. what can i do please

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        Rebecca 

        6 months ago

        My FB account is temp locked and each time I answer the questions and click continue, it won't go forward. I use Facebook to speak with many clients of my business and I've already lost business due to this. HELP me please!!

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