There Is No Such Thing As ‘Face Book Jail’

By David Cohen 

One of the latest hoaxes to make its way around Facebook is a warning that “nice people are getting banned from Facebook” and being sent to “Face Book Jail” for sending friend requests.

Hoax-Slayer reminded Facebook users that while they can be temporarily blocked from sending friend requests if several friend requests they send are marked as unwelcome or unanswered, no other functionality on the social network is blocked for those users.

The hoax messages typically read (unedited), according to Hoax-Slayer:

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ: Nice people are getting banned from facebook and it could happen to you, too – the reason is because when you get a friend request, if you click the “not now” button, you will automatically recieve a request from Facebook saying, “Do you know this person?” if you click no, that person will automatically be suspended from group chats, blocked from sending friend requests, and other nasty things for 7-30 days, and if it happens enough – permanently. So please.. if you get an unwanted friend request, just ignore it. If you accidentally click the “not now” button, then ignore the request from facebook asking if you know them – do not respond to it. Please pass this around so we can protect our friends (and ourselves!).

Hoax-Slayer shared the section from Facebook’s help center below, as well as its take on the hoax messages:

Facebook may disable a user’s account for a variety of reasons, including “continued prohibited behavior after receiving a warning or multiple warnings from Facebook.” Perhaps a user who has been blocked multiple times for sending unwelcome and unwanted friend requests or messages might eventually have his or her account disabled. However, there is no evidence to suggest that people are being regularly and commonly banned from Facebook just for sending unwanted friend requests.

Moreover, the advice in the message to simply ignore all unwanted friend requests in order to “protect” other users is hardly sensible. Receiving large numbers of unwanted friend requests can be annoying and intrusive. And given that sending requests to people that you do not know personally is against Facebook’s stated guidelines, it does not seem unreasonable that repeat offenders may be temporarily blocked from such activity.

The best way to avoid the temporary block described above is to refrain from sending friend requests to people you do not know. If you have already received such a block, Facebook has published guidelines for avoiding further blocks in the future.

The help center section, “Why am I blocked from sending friend requests?” reads:

If your account is temporarily blocked from sending friend requests, it’s because friend requests you’ve sent have gone unanswered or been marked as unwelcome. From now on, please don’t send friend requests to people you don’t know personally. Facebook is a place for connecting with friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and other people you know well.

Your account is only blocked from sending friend requests and messages to people you don’t know. This block is temporary, and you can still use other Facebook features during it.

Readers: Have you seen any similar messages on Facebook?

Screen captures courtesy of Hoax-Slayer. Jail image courtesy of Shutterstock.