Help! I’ve Been Locked Out of My Facebook Account. Now What?

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First you need to stop and take a deep breath. We will get through this.

Facebook has been cracking down on Fake News and with that they are also cracking down fake accounts. Many people that have created accounts because they need a profile to manage their numerous Facebook business pages, have had their accounts recently disabled.

Here are some reasons why Facebook might deactivate your account:

  • Posting content that doesn’t follow the Facebook Terms
  • Using a fake name
  • Impersonating someone
  • Continuing behavior that’s not allowed on Facebook by violating our Community Standards
  • Contacting other people for the purpose of harassment, advertising, promoting, dating or other conduct that’s not allowed

What Now?

If you’re account has been disabled, you have one course of action. That is to submit an appeal to Facebook. This will require you to produce two forms of identification that proves you are who you say you are. To submit an appeal to Facebook, visit this link.

It has been a common practice of marketers to create one Facebook account to use as the primary administrative account for their Facebook page(s). Going forward this has to change. Because of Facebook’s crack down, there is a need to use your personal Facebook page for all Facebook page management.

How To Protect Yourself

If you have a personal account it is important to make sure you use it as the owner or an administrator of the Facebook page. This will allow you to properly prove you are a human.

Once you have connected your personal Facebook page, you will need to make sure you assign some other admins as a backup to your page. Choose a family member or someone you trust in case something goes wrong with your account you can still gain access through one of the other admins.

This may sound silly, but make sure you always have all of your passwords saved in a safe place. For me, it is in a Google Sheet so I can access it from any device in case I forget my password.

Hope this has helped you understand how you can regain control over your Facebook page. Share your stories with how you have been able to re-enable your account in the comments below.