Apparently I have violated Facebook's Community Standards.

Your account has been disabled. You can't use Facebook because your account, or activity on it, doesn't follow our Community Standards.

Note that my Facebook account has zero friends, zero posts, zero photos, and has made zero comments in the last 4+ years. It only still exists so that I can admin our business pages.

Upload a photo of yourself. Upload a photo that clearly shows your face. Make sure the photo is well-lit and isn't blurry.
We have received your information. Thank you for sending your information. We have fewer people available to review information due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means we may be unable to review your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.

"We may be unable to review your account. We apologize for any inconvenience "

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20 Responses:

  1. James C. says:

    Your lack of activity is a violation of their Community Standards. You’re not producing enough data to feed their targeted marketing machine. Their Community Standards require you to CONSUME, citizen.

  2. cmt says:

    Well, who hasn't?

  3. jcurious says:

    I had an account they wanted me to verify my identity since I hadn't used it in awhile. I didn't want facebook having my ID information. So, I used that account to sign up for a service that allows you to use facebook for authentication. All of a sudden I no longer needed to prove myself.

    Sign up at a random "Sign up using facebook" site with your account, and see if the problem goes away.

    • Tha_14 says:

      I didn't know about this specific way but in the past I had an account that required the whole ID process and I managed to skip it by using the link in the email they had sent me about not using my account for an extended period of time.

      • dzm says:

        In the last few years I've found setting a email filter to auto-delete anything from @facebook to be very effective. I haven't been bothered by their "a lot's happened" or "Bob sent you a message" or "all your friends are having a party. here's photos. 'Cause they can't be bothered to use email any more and now you're dead to them" messages.

        • Jim says:

          Dan, at some point censorship isn't the answer. At some point the Socratic method reigns supreme.

  4. x64k says:

    > Note that my Facebook account has zero friends, zero posts, zero photos, and has made zero comments in the last 4+ years.

    Lieutenant Commander Zuck finds your lack of engagement... unsatisfactory.

  5. apfrod says:

    Even in SF you can't afford to be not on fartbork? A colleague got this trying to buy adverts from them with a new account, after adding a credit card, and still no reviewers. This was in the before times, so no pandemic excuses. It's like they just can't imagine there are humans who haven't already tagged every bbq photo on their walled-garden webshite.

    The collapse of social networks happens two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.

  6. Carlos says:

    None of the mainstream social networks deserve that moniker anymore (if they ever did).

    "adutainment" fits better, I think.


  7. japh says:

    Suckage. Cross Gilliam's Brazil with Kafka's The Trial... Such is the nature of "business" relationships in the modern age, I guess? I am sorry they closed your account.

    "Welcome, my son. Welcome to the machine... it's all right, we know where you've been..."

    It's bizarre how closely Facebook, YouTube, Google, Amazon et al. take their playbook from Orwell. Always unspecified charges, levelled by unspecified people hidden within a dubious collective identity, without any obvious logical recourse (apart from the forest of automated forms and other assorted hamster wheels used to create the appearance of due process; these only exist to consume your time and energy generating input for /dev/null while quenching a desire to respond in some way). If you don't know what you're being accused of and by whom, and if they are refusing to say... well, that sort or pre-emptively shuts down the option of resolution through dialogue and diplomacy. Their unvarnished message to you could not be more clear: What are you prepared to -do- about it? Sounds like a quote from The Untouchables. Some have answered that call by walking away, those with deeper pockets occasionally lawyer up and some have even resorted to acts of violence, etc. Hardly a satisfying state of affairs. Honestly, I'd just leave. But since you run a business (that really wants to stay in business--covid and city bureaucracy be damned) that may not really be an option for you... :-/

    Best of luck,

  8. thielges says:

    How can FB play the Covid card when reviewing internet content is THE easiest task to outsource to people working from home?

    It’s not like reviewing content requires everyone to be in the same room shouting at each other like the trading floor at the NYSE.

    • k3ninho says:

      It's traumatic to watch the horrors that people push through this free-at-point-of-use publishing platform. I think you've asked the Dunning-Kruger 'how hard can it be?' without thought for the impact on people having to assure FB that a moderation decision 'yes, that was a beheading video' / 'yes that was footage of a rape'. That's even before getting to partisan political advertising and plain-untrue anti-scientific assertions.

      Maybe -- but most likely not -- you could get more people shocked and expressing outrage but having the user community see how horrid the user community is. That would come at the expense of admitting that the machine learning and prediction efforts are smoke and bullsh_t and it's still cost-effective to use human effort.


  9. margaret says:

    my theory is that a random facebooker looked at the "if you work at facebook quit" messages and said "i'll show that fucker." looking the other way when fascists, nazi's, and/or white-supremacists poke the hornet's nest of clicks and attendant ad-revenue is the facebook community standard.

    • rozzin says:

      I misread "facebooker" as "facebooger" for a moment..., and now that I think about it....

  10. japh says:

    That final message, with the-apology-that's-not-an-apology just breaks my brain.

    "We're giving you nearly four feet of spiked, electrified c*ck... we apologize for any perceived discomfort or notional distress..."

    Warm regards,
    The-Owl-That's-Not-An-Owl Dept.

  11. Fred O'Donnel says:

    Maybe script something (through node-js?) that checks the status of your page, hourly, and if it is still in the suspended state, bonk the "remediation" button? That way they will know that someone cares about that account, even if it actually appears to be a vacant lot?

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