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8 Bizarre Things That Can Get You Banned from Facebook

If you want to continue sharing cute puppy videos with all of your Facebook friends, you should probably stop doing these things.

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Having the same name as a celebrity

You can get banned from Facebook for sharing the same name as a famous person. It’s against the social networking site’s policy to impersonate a celebrity, and unfortunately, people with the same name as well-known actors, singers, and other public figures have been accused of doing this. A lawyer from Indiana shares a name with the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Many people thought he was the famous “Zuck,” and he received around 500 friend requests a day. Facebook shut down the account because of “identity fraud.” Once they realized their mistake, they gave the lawyer access to his account again. Watch out for these signs that you post way too much on social media.

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Joining too many groups       

 

Facebook is always on the lookout for spam and troll accounts. If you have a high level of activity on the site, you could get banned. Even if you are a part of every single club at your school, joining too many groups puts up a red flag for Facebook, and they might kick you off.

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Posting too much         

You can get banned from Facebook if you post too many statuses, comment on too many things, or share too many promotional links. But don’t worry; Facebook is saving a lot of your relationships by shutting down your account because no one wants to hear what’s on your mind every half hour. Another Facebook tip: Here’s how to turn off those weirdly accurate ads on Facebook.

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Questionable pictures of your kids

A lot of parents think the photos they post of their kids on Facebook are funny or adorable. However, if Facebook perceives them differently, they could suspend your account. One mom posted a photo of her five-year-old pretending to nurse her younger sibling; Facebook didn’t think it was so innocent, and less than 24 hours later, the photo was taken down, KOMONews reports. To top it off, she was also banned from Facebook for seven days.

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Lying about your age         

You are only allowed to set up a Facebook profile if you are over the age of 13. In 2011, Facebook reported that they shut down about 20,000 accounts of underage users every day. We bet you didn’t know about this secret inbox on Facebook.

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Spamming your friends

You might get a few laughs from spamming your friends’ accounts, but Facebook doesn’t think it’s so funny. Alleged spammer Adam Guerbuez, from Canada, sent over four million spam messages to Facebook users in 2008. The social media giant then sued Guerbuez and his company, Atlantis Blue Capital, and won. Guerbuez and Atlantis Blue Capital were fined $873 million as a result. He got banned from Facebook and had to file for bankruptcy.

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Sending too many friend requests

You might be the most popular person in the world, but Facebook won’t believe you. Sending too many friend requests is seen as spam. When you first create your Facebook account it’s easy to get carried away and send out friend requests to everyone you know, but you might want to space it out a little or you could get blocked from sending future requests.

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Poking too many people

Remember poking your crush on Facebook to get their attention? Well, you may want to cool it with the pokes because rumor has it sending too many can get you banned, or at least get temporarily blocked from poking anyone else. These are secrets your Facebook profile wants you to know.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.