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CinchShare has been scheduling our Facebook Party style trainings for over 5 years now and we have never been put in Facebook Jail. This is while consistently hosting multiple “parties” every week, resulting in thousands of trainings and zero blocks. How is that possible you ask? Grab a drink, we’re here to share our tips with you!

Myth Alert 🚨Scheduling your posts with a third party scheduler will up your chances of being in Facebook jail.

100% MYTH – CinchShare is a third party scheduler and we ONLY use our app for all social media – And as we’ve already mentioned, we’ve never once been in Facebook Jail.

So… what exactly IS Facebook Jail?

Facebook jail is when a user is temporarily blocked from performing certain actions on Facebook:

– blocked from posting, sharing and commenting
– blocked from sending messages
– blocked from sending friend requests
– blocked from sharing a post

Luckily, Facebook understands that you may have had good intentions or may have not known about their policies on acceptable behavior, which is why Facebook jail is temporary and is meant to be a warning. The consequences for violating Facebook’s Community Standards vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person’s history on their platform. For instance, Facebook may warn someone for a first violation, but if they continue to violate Facebook’s policies, their ability to post on Facebook may be restricted or their profile disabled. Facebook urges every user to become familiar with their community standards to understand what kind of sharing is allowed on their platform.

Temporary blocks typically last a few days, although some can last up to 30 days. (In extreme cases Facebook may disable your profile.)

Facebook may block people from doing something on Facebook when:
– Something you posted or shared seems suspicious or abusive to their security systems.
– Messages or friend requests you sent were marked unwelcome.
– You’ve done something that doesn’t follow Facebook’s Community Standards.

To avoid blocks like this in the future, you can:
– Review Facebook Community Standards to understand what kind of sharing is allowed on Facebook.
– Only message people you already know.
– Only send friend requests to people you know.

If you’re currently not able to send friend requests, this is usually because:
You recently sent a lot of friend requests.
Your past friend requests have gone unanswered.
Your past friend requests were marked as unwelcome.

To avoid this block in the future: 
Try to only send friend requests to people you already know (example: family, friends, coworkers, classmates).
To connect with people you don’t know (like celebrities), follow them instead of sending them a friend request.
Make sure you’re using the name you go by in everyday life. People you know may accidentally miss your friend requests if they don’t recognize you.

If you’re currently not able to send messages, this is usually because:
You sent a lot of messages recently or your messages have been marked as unwelcome.
This block is temporary, and you can still use other Facebook features to connect with your Facebook friends while you’re in this block. Once your block is over, try to only message people and businesses you know. Make sure to use the name you go by in everyday life to help the people you’re messaging recognize you.

If you’re currently not able to share a post, this is usually because:
You’ve posted a lot in a short amount of time.
You’ve shared posts that were marked as unwelcome.
You’ve shared something that goes against Facebook’s Community Standards.

What we’ve been doing to avoid Facebook Jail for the last 6 years

– We alter our post type. We post photo posts, status messages, multi-photo posts, we share links and share custom albums and switch up our content to be real and keep things fresh for our audience (and ourselves!) If you keep landing in Facebook jail, not altering your post type enough may be the culprit. To avoid being blocked, we suggest that you alternate your post type to help promote a more genuine feel of real life conversations. Variety is key!

– We allow a bit of time to pass between posts. 3-5 minutes works for us during our Facebook parties so that’s the interval we like to recommend.

– We don’t post the same content to multiple places at the same time. Even if we have an important message to share in multiple places, we stagger the timing.

– We choose our posts wisely. Less is more!

– We generally only schedule posts at times when we know we will be able to be online and engage. That’s the whole point of planning ahead and scheduling our content in advance, so we can share the best content and interact in real time with our audience as they’re engaging with our posts which helps us build relationships on each and every post!

And, of course we use CinchShare for all of our posts and you can too for FREE!


Now, if the worst happens and Facebook is warning you by blocking your content or comments. Here’s what you do:

—- Heed Facebook’s warnings and when you’re throttled, slow down… SLOW DOWN. When you are restricted from a certain action on Facebook, it’s time to look inward at your collective behavior as a whole on Facebook.

—- Take a look at your posting behavior. Sometimes we don’t realize we are doing the same thing over and over on all of our pages. Count out what type of posts you posted and where and write it out to really assess.

You are welcome to use our Avoid Facebook Jail Checklist to ensure that you are abiding by Facebook’s Community Standards and to keep yourself out of FB Jail!

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