Worst Ways to Get Banned on Social Media

Social media truly has become one of the most meaningful things in a person’s life today. It’s how we present ourselves to the world, connect with those around us, and even make new friends. Social media can be the determining factor in whether we get a new job, and has even started affecting how we engage in romantic relationships. It seems like 99% of the population in North America is on social media. If you don’t have a handle on Instagram or a Snapchat account, you definitely have a Facebook profile.

However, there are some things that we forget aren’t allowed on social media and anyone who has ever been temporarily locked out of their account can tell you how arbitrary and sometimes incredibly unfair the appeals process can be. If you don’t want to get locked out of your social media, read this list to see what could potentially get you banned for life.

1. Post Inappropriate Photos

One of the cardinal rules of most social media sites is that no pornographic or inappropriate images are allowed. There are no special pages that are 18+, so everything on the site ideally should be something that we would be comfortable showing to even the youngest user. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen in real life. Either people joke around by intentionally posting graphic images or they just don’t realize how graphic the vacation photos they’re posting actually are. Either way, it’s a quick way to get banned.

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2. Posting Misleading Photos

Everyone’s seen the memes with images that at first glance appear to be graphic, but are actually a clever piece of visual trickery. These images, with elbows that initially look like breasts, or where a person appears to be naked but aren’t, are often flagged as inappropriate because the workers tasked with judging whether these images are graphic are looking at them too quickly to be in on the joke. Next time you post something, take a last look before pressing the upload button to see if anyone could potentially take issue with your image.

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3. If your name is Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook does not allow anyone else with the name Mark Zuckerberg to have a Facebook account under that name. Ostensibly, it’s for their own protection as the actual Mark Zuckerberg has over 86 million followers on Facebook, and anyone else with that name has the potentially to be spammed with thousands of new friend requests a day. The other reason is that by banning all other users named Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook team avoids the risk of impersonators using the well-known name for their own gain.


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