How to Get Out of Facebook Jail [3 Ways to Escape]

By: | November 10, 2020 | Tags: , , ,
How to get out of Facebook jail

Am I qualified to tell you how to get out of Facebook Jail?

Yes. I’ve been in Facebook Jail a number of times.

Facebook can produce happiness, but the social media giant can also be a source of great frustration.

By the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll know how to get in Facebook Jail and how to get out of Facebook Jail.

This guide gives you the link to appeal if you need to know how to get out of Facebook jail because you believe Facebook put you there in error.

You’ll also know what Facebook Jail is and other important points about Facebook Jail. Finally, you’ll get to see screenshots that show what you see when you’re in Facebook Jail.

Are you ready to dive in and learn how to get out of Facebook jail?

Facebook has advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages include the possibility of ending up in Facebook Jail and suffering the consequences.

How Do You Know if You Are in Facebook Jail?

How to get out of Facebook Jail

Image Credit: Photo by Glen Carrie on Unsplash

Naturally, Facebook Jail is not an actual jail with jail cells with bars inside.

Facebook Jail is a metaphor. The phrase means you’re suspended from using Facebook, so you’re in “Facebook Jail.”

Facebook has banned your use of your account or limited your ability to use certain features of Facebook.

You will know if you are in Facebook Jail since Facebook will send you a nasty notice telling you you’ve been accused of violating their policies.

Each time they sent me the notice that my account was blocked, Facebook never mentioned the term “Facebook Jail,” so I was shocked to hear that’s what that was.

It’s true: I’ve been in Facebook Jail several times.

Do you want to see Facebook’s notifications that you are in Facebook Jail?



If you look at the first two notifications, you see that Facebook also notifies you when you are out of Facebook Jail.

The top notification reports that I have 13 new notifications.

Shall we see what they are?


How to get out of Facebook jail

Notice: Facebook shows me the graphics of the content it considers to be spam content.

You don’t need to wonder what you did to violate Facebook’s policies. Facebook’s Community Support team tells you.

Go to Account/Help and Support/Support Inbox to see these unwanted notifications.

Are you curious whether you have committed violations that might land you in Facebook Jail?

How to Get in Facebook Jail

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Why would you want to know how to get in Facebook Jail? Why, so you can avoid committing the actions that land you there.

Reason 1: Spam

Each time I landed in Facebook Jail, the reason was the same: Facebook thought I was a spammer.

I copy-pasted my blog content promotions in one Facebook group after another. I posted in the Facebook groups so quickly, Facebook accused me of spamming.

I posted identical content too many times in a row.

I was shocked I landed in Facebook Jail! In my mind, a spammer is someone who tries to push too often and too hard for their products or services. It never occurred to me pushing content too hard would also be seen as spam.

One way to avoid being seen as a spammer, an over-promoter, is to have a Facebook Business Page.

This is where you can post your promotions and discounts for instance.

Reason 2: Racism

A short history: In July, Facebook’s sponsors walked out costing Facebook billions of dollars in advertising revenue.

The reason: Advertisers felt Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg prioritized hate for profit.

In a turn around, Zuckerberg has tried to commit to banning inappropriate content.

Reason 3: Misinformation

Also, Facebook will put you in Facebook Jail for spreading misinformation. This might include misinformation about politics or the Coronavirus.

In fact, a “Plandemic” group posted videos spreading misinformation about the virus on Facebook, and the group’s content was removed.

UPDATE Reason 4:

Inflammatory behavior seems to be another cause of you potentially landing in Facebook Jail.

If you read the comments section of this article, you’ll see someone used the word “idiot” and was banned from Facebook.

My friend was also accused of inflammatory behavior. She reacted badly to what she perceived as a racist comment, and Facebook banned her.

Therefore, if you want to know how to get out of Facebook Jail, you need to try to think like Facebook. If they believe you are upsetting their users, you could be banned.

Important Points About Facebook Jail

Note: This guide mostly relates to my experiences being in Facebook Jail. Other people’s experiences may be different.

When I was in Facebook Jail, I could still read Facebook posts. However, I could not post my own content. Each time I tried, I received a nasty notice from Facebook.

How to Get Out of Facebook Jail

Do Nothing

Generally, you won’t have to wait more than 24 hours to get out of Facebook Jail.

Do nothing. Just let the time pass.

24 hours passes quickly. Then, you can use Facebook again.

Post in a Thread

I learned that I was able to post in threads even though I could not post on the walls of Facebook groups.

Write the Facebook Support Team

If Facebook accuses you of committing a policy violation and puts restrictions on your account, you need to know how to get out of Facebook Jail.

When you receive the dreaded notice that you broke a rule, appeal. That is how to get out of Facebook Jail. Here is the link to appeal.

Once, the Facebook support team shut down my business page. I appealed; they immediately responded and reinstated my page.

Do they always respond quickly?


When they accuse me of spamming, and I write to appeal, I don’t hear back and must wait 24 hours. That is the most effective way I know how to get out of Facebook Jail.

Bonus Facebook Jail Escape Plans

February 2021 Update

How to Get Out of Facebook Jail Bonus Tip 1

A Quora user recommends using the Duck Duck Go browser to access Facebook. Since Duck Duck Go allows anonymous web browsing, Facebook won’t know you are the one trying to use the site.

Note: I have not tried using Duck Duck Go to access Facebook while I was in Facebook Jail nor has the Quora user.

UPDATE: A commenter on this guide revealed: If you want to know how to get out of Facebook Jail, do NOT try Duck Duck Go. The commenter tried it and said it doesn’t work.

November 2020 Update: How to Get Out of Facebook Jail Bonus Tip 2

Don’t panic. Time is on your side. Wait out the suspension.

What to Do When You Are Free From Facebook Jail

Are you fuming that you landed in Facebook prison? Now that you are free from Facebook Jail, will the experience mar your future enjoyment of the site?

The members of the Facebook subreddit often share experiences of being in Facebook prison. As they say, “Misery loves company.” You might want to check them out and compare experiences about being in Facebook Jail.

For instance, you can ask their violations and how long their bans were. Perhaps even learn from each other so you don’t land in Facebook Jail again and how to get out of Facebook Jail if you ever do wind up there again.

How to Avoid Landing in Facebook Jail Again

Simple! Avoid committing the actions that caused you to land in Facebook Jail in the first place.

For instance, in my case, instead of promoting in Facebook groups repeatedly until I’ve finished, now I take a break. If I have 20 groups to promote to, I do ten at a time.

Another option: I can vary the wording in my promotions so I’m not copy-pasting identical content repeatedly.

Certainly, you wouldn’t want to post inappropriate content, inflammatory content, or misinformation of any kind.

How to Get Out of Facebook Jail Updates

After publishing this article, many Facebook users commented on this post to share their stories of frustration and their perceived injustices in being on the receiving end of bans they don’t feel they deserve.

Some Facebook users believe they are in Facebook Prison. Others call the ban “Facebook Jail.” Others simply refer to being banned from Facebook.

Regardless of the term used, all their stories are heartwrenching. I encourage you to read the plights of the people who ended up in Facebook Jail in the comments section of this post.

UPDATE February 2021:

Bad news: I am in Facebook Jail again.

Why? The same reason: Facebook accused me of spamming.

This time, I only pasted the same content to three Facebook groups, when I received the notification I couldn’t use the site for an undisclosed amount of time.

In the past my sentence was for 24 hours for this violation. Is my sentence 24 hours again? I don’t know. The automated notice wouldn’t tell me.

How to Get Out of Facebook Jail: Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a way to get out of Facebook Jail?

Yes! You can wait 24 hours to get out of Facebook Jail or you can write to Facebook and appeal the restrictions.

What gets you banned from Facebook?

Content that is considered spam, racist, or misinformation. In other words, any content perceived as inappropriate by Facebook could get you banned.

Am I in Facebook Jail?

There are several ways to know if you are in Facebook Jail. First, you will receive a notice from Facebook. Next, go to Account/Help and Support/Support Inbox to see these unwanted notifications. Finally, you won’t have the same use of the site you usually do. Functions of the site will be limited or you will be blocked from using them altogether.

How long is Facebook Jail?

That depends on the infraction. I know someone who argued and they extended the length of his Facebook Jail. Read the comments of this post to see examples of the various lengths of the Facebook Jail depending on the infraction.

More Social Media Bans

In addition to being thrown in Facebook Jail, you can get punishments on other social media sites.


An Instagram ban is called a “shadowban.”

Like with Facebook Jail, the best action to take if you find yourself on the receiving end of an Instagram shadowban is simply to wait out the length of the suspension.

What might cause you to receive an Instagram shadowban?

Violations of social media rules cause you to receive punishments on those sites.

For instance, on Facebook, you’re put in Facebook Jail. On Instagram, when you receive a shadowban, your account is suspended or dismantled.

Instagram Shadowban Example 1:

Each time I tried to use a third-party unfollow app to unfollow on Instagram, I received nasty warnings from Instagram. They threw me out of the site and asked me to reset my password. This was a temporary shadowban.

Instagram Shadowban Example 2:

Someone actually cloned my account on Instagram. I reported the violation, and the offender’s site was dismantled. This shadowban was permanent.


I recently read in the Twitter Reddit subReddit that a user was banned from Twitter for writing disparaging comments about former President Donald Trump.

If you find your Twitter account suspended, these Redditors discuss how to get your Twitter account unlocked.

Wrapping Up: How to Get Out of Facebook Jail


This post explained what being in Facebook Jail means, the violations that will cause you to get into Facebook Jail, and what happens what you are in Facebook Jail. Plus, this guide shared how to get out of an Instagram shadowban and examples of violations that caused Instagram shadowbans.

The post also went over three ways you can deal with the restrictions of being in Facebook Jail:

  • do nothing
  • comment in a thread
  • write the Community Support team at Facebook

Note: When wondering how to get out of Facebook Jail, only Strategy 3 will work. The other methods help you deal with being in Facebook Jail.

Readers, please share so other Facebook users know how to get out of Facebook Jail.

I look forward to your views in the comments section. Have you ever been in Facebook Jail? Do you know how to get out of Facebook Jail?

Related Reading

If your Facebook frustrations become too much for you, you might consider, MeWe, the site that bills itself as the “anti-Facebook.” Here is a MeWe tutorial.

  1. Davida Chazan

    Well, they went much easier on you than they did on me – but maybe book reviews are more controversial than selling things! The first time I was in FB jail (actually, it was the URL to my blog that they jailed, not me), it was 24 hours. Then they jailed my URL for a week. Then they jailed my URL for a month, and the last time, it was jailed for SIX months! Yes… SIX MONTHS for posting links to BOOK REVIEWS!

    I appealed and appealed and appealed, all to absolutely NO AVAIL! Now, my FB page is for my blog and isn’t a business page, but still… it was not nice. I’m out now, but I ended up using landing pages to continue to post my content to FB and my groups.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Davida,
      Great to see you. How awful! Six months! I agree with you that sounds totally unreasonable, definitely extreme. Your time spent in Facebook jail was far worse than mine.
      Thanks for writing to tell us about your experience.

      • Johnny Hollywood

        I was put into Facebook jail for ASKING WHO UP😤😤😤I have 22 days left smh they said I violated guns animals & some other bs so asking who up just a simple questions no pictures no nothing but I’m in Fb jail what a joke

        • anne

          I landed in 30 day jail for posting “nutjob” on a page with no reference, no nothing. I guess once you have offended Facebook, you are forever f*cked and you have a target on your back by the entities that be. I have reported hundreds of posts for racism, threats, misogyny, bias, and the Facebook authorities say that they are not violating community standards, but for the word “nutjob” (30 days) and asking someone why they had to have a bitchy tone (7 days). Ridiculous.

    • richard kaban

      Some black guy what’s harassing me and swearing at me on Facebook. I called him a swear word and I’m the one that got banned

    • Kim

      I in face book jail again for 3 days. Apparently suggesting someone appears a fool , but by them commenting removes all doubt. Goes against community of bullying . Cant say men are fools either, nor some religions support pedophilia, no names mentioned .
      I seem to be in face books bad books for being out spoken and not being nice to foolish people who comment on stuff they have only read the easy words in the headlines..

      • Janice Wald

        Many people are in your situation. Did you read the comments on this post?
        Thank you for writing and telling us your frustrations.

  2. I was put in Facebook jail for 30 days for using the word idiot. The word idiot is not a curse word it’s just a regular word. I think this is absolutely ridiculous and I think I should be taken out of jail immediately thank you

    I was put in Facebook jail for 30 days for using the word idiot. The word idiot is not a curse word it’s just a regular word. I think this is absolutely ridiculous and I think I should be taken out of jail immediately thank you

    • Janice Wald

      My friend was put in Facebook jail for two days and one hour for using a comparable word. Thank you for writing to share your experience with us. I am sorry you are having that frustration.

    • John Simpson

      I was put in Facebook jail for 30 days for using a quote from Joe Biden where he said talking about Donald Trump I’ll see you after school today behind the school and I’ll kick your ass.

      • kelli

        because all the people the complaints are sent to are in freakin INDIA and have broken they see a word like MONSTER in my case and think its berating people .. fuck facebook

        • Janice Wald

          Hi Kelli,
          Yes, that’s why you landed in Facebook Jail. Was there another word you mean to say or did you not realize “monster” was insulting?

      • Janice Wald

        Hi John,
        I’m guessing Facebook thought you threatened violence which probably goes against their standards. Did you use quotes or indicate it was a Biden quote?

  3. Shawn Krill

    I have been in facebook jail for 280 days now. When i was put into jail my personal and business add account was jailed. After about 200 days face book finally responded to my multiple attempts to get in touch with them and apologized for putting me into jail and got me out or so i thought. They released my personal account but not my business account and they have not responded to any of my attempts to contact them. I found a phone number for support but the number i called was for a different facebook support not the people able to pull me out of jail. So i am still there

    • Janice Wald

      I left contact information for Facebook in the article. I believe it was an email for Support. Did you try that? I am sorry about your experience. Thank you for reaching out and sharing your frustration with us.

  4. Zachary Valentine

    I was watching a video where a blind dog fell into a swimming pool. Luckily another dog guided the him/her out. I responded to a person’s comment saying the dog probably wasn’t even blind. I said the caption clearly says blind dog ! 30 day ban. FACEBOOK IS A JOKE ! And can’t get any help to get the ban lifted. Literally said nothing inappropriate.

  5. MARGARET Smith

    24 hours for bullying, i used a troll gif in comment. I think the recipient has a fake account, but was able to report me for that .

    • Janice Wald

      I recently put had to get rid of spam commenters on my Tumblr article. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Eric Paul Johnson

    30 day jail sentence for joking with a friend, saying, “David, you ignorant slut.”
    BAM! 30 days for quoting Saturday Night Live in a way that everybody involved knew was meant as humor, not bullying.
    Appealing does jack crap since I’m pleading my case to a bot.
    A friend was put in jail for 30 days for telling someone not to be a bigot.
    I’m done with Facebook. I’ve had it with this crap

  7. Vicky

    I was put in FB JAIL because I posted a picture of the crazies that rioted the White House.
    Not my picture, it had already posted. 3 days later I get 30 days in FB Jail 🤷🏼‍♀️

  8. lindda barrows

    I fell asleep and drop my laptop and it came apart,i put it back as best i could,got it to work ecverything was screwed up no facebook.was charge with showing porn,so can i find out if and when i can get it back

  9. william k hawks

    i got 1day for personal opinion , then when thery asked about it i checked do not agree , and it went to 3days ,that is not censorship that is dictatorship .

  10. Donsld Hendershott

    I got 30 days for responding to a liberal who had been insulting me and several others
    His ridiculous post was I am in charge of the gates to heaven you will not be allowed in, I replied that didn’t want in to meat morons like you. 30 days

    • Janice Wald

      What I don’t understand is why the person who offended you didn’t get time in Facebook Jail. Would you know if the other person was banned as well?

  11. Pam

    I was reported by someone who was harassing me on an opinion thread. They were posting misinformation and accusing me (incorrectly) of being involved in a fraud of charitable donations. I posted they should check their information and only an idiot would think this charity would give money to someone who wasn’t eligible. This got me banned but I don’t believe the person who posted incorrect comments about me was banned. It’s frustrating that fb don’t look at all posts before deciding who to ban and it’s basically a race to be the first to report. I’ve had something similar happen to me previously and the lack of a right to reply is not fair.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Pam,
      Thanks for reaching out with your experience. Your experience sounds like my friend’s experience. In her case, like yours, it was a race to report.

  12. Amanda Schmidthiesler

    24hours for calling someone a b*tch. “Hate speech” yet they were bullying others and calling people names too and they didn’t get chucked in jail. I also got warnings for saying groups of people are weird. Example “Americans are weird” lol I tried the duck duck go browser also. (iPhone) and it didn’t work.

    • Eric Paul Johnson

      I got a week for joking with my female friend saying, “Women are weird.”
      Then I had female friends replying to my post about my jailing. They said, “But women are weird.”
      They were not jailed. >:{

      • Janice Wald

        Oh no! Did you read the other comments here? It seems to be a race to see who gets in trouble first.

  13. Nicole Tugeau

    I am currently in Facebook jail, but I can’t figure out exactly why. I’ve had no communication, warning or otherwise from Facebook. My business IG (with over 11K followers!) is down, too, and they tell me it’s because my Facebook account violated Community Standards. I’m assuming I was hacked or reported (not sure why, I’m not controversial, maybe it’s personal). It’s been about 72 hours. I’m currently stuck in a security SMS text loop where I get through the Facebbok login but then have to request a security code. When I select the phone number (the only phone number – my mobile) it says I’ve requested too many codes and must wait 24 hours to try again.

    I’m steering clear of the FB login page and actually waiting the full 24 hours (no clicking) to try again. Fingers crossed it works. I don’t so much mind my personal page being down, but my business is my business! It’s debilitating.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi thank you for writing to share your story with us. Did you try a different browser or try clearing your computer cache?

      • Janice Wald

        Can you please let me know if clearing your cache or trying a different browser works? If so, I can tell others in your predicament.

        • Nicole Tugeau

          As an update, I waited a full 24 hours without attempting to log into FB or pass the security code. I was able to receive the SMS code, enter it on my desktop computer (yes I cleared the cache, history, cookies) and enter. Once in, I was told (again) my account was disabled because I violated community standards. They requested my ID, I uploaded a picture of my drivers license. They thanked me and noted that due to COVID they were short on staff and may *not* be able to review my account. Sorry for the inconvenience. At the point of security code and uploading my ID, I received emails from Facebook confirming the actions so I don’t believe I’m dealing with a hack. I responded to those support emails asking FB to review the account and the importance of my associated IG business account. At this point I have uploaded a picture to IG of myself holding the security code, IG handle and name and uploaded my ID to Facebook. I have read in other forums 2-3 days for review but for some accounts it just doesn’t happen. The account is disabled indefinitely:

  14. Holly

    Good Morning,

    I am currently restricted from adding people to groups. It’s been about 3 weeks. I received a notification 2 weeks after not being able to add people. It’s putting a strain on earning money for me. I received notification this morning that I can add people again, but I can’t, with 3 profiles. How do I fix this? TIA. =)

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