Access denied: How to avoid seeing those words pop up on your social media profile

August-06-12

Despite being a social media fanatic, one thing I never thought about is how can someone get banned on a social media site? By tweeting too much? Having too many followers or posting content that is either offensive or graphic? In any case, I was interested in finding out just what you have to do in order to get banned from social media websites.

And here is what I discovered:

Facebook:
If you take a look at Facebook’s rules and regulations page, you will see that there is a very, very, long list of actions that can get you permanently banned from Mark Zuckerberg’s creation. In short, what you should avoid doing on Facebook is:

  • Don’t get too friendly too quickly: In other words, avoid sending too many friend requests all at once.
  • Don’t use a fake name: Fake names get flagged by Facebook as soon as they open a page and the account can be closed just as quickly.
  • Don’t post copyrighted content: This rule is tricky because a lot of people post copyrighted content on Facebook all the time but you still avoid doing it.
  • Don’t spam people with events: All good things in moderation. You can create events, just, don’t overdo it.
  • Don’t upload offensive pictures: This rule is a no brainer. Don’t upload offensive, hateful or pornographic pictures to your account.

Twitter:
While not quite as extensive as Facebook’s rules and regulations list, Twitter’s list is pretty impressive as well. Here is a resume of what you should avoid doing on the little birdie’s website:

  • Don’t send the same links or messages to every one of your followers: Nobody likes spam and neither does Twitter. If Twitter sees that you have been begging for retweets or retweeting the same link over and over again, your account may be suspended.
  • Don’t use a follow/unfollow pattern: Known as “churning” this practice consists of following people, unfollowing them and following them again. Twitter users do this in order to appear on the front page of other accounts and doing so will get you banned.
  • Don’t send too many DMs: People receiving the same messages over and over will block you and Twitter will pick up on this behaviour and lock your account.

Google +:
I didn’t even know you could get banned on Google + until I did the research for this article, but, you can, and here’s how to do it:

  • Don’t use a fake name: Unlike Facebook, if Google + discovers that you have not listed your real name on your account, it will not ban you right away. You will have 4 days to change your user name, if you don’t change it, then, you will be banned.
  • Keep your posts clean: In other words, don’t post links to malware or hate speeches on your account.
  • Don’t try to manipulate rankings: You can use specific keywords to SEO your account and posts, but, again, do not overdo it. Too much of a good thing can lead to being banned.

In the end, if you use your judgement, you should avoid getting banned. Be respectful with your posts, don’t impersonate someone you are not and avoid sending the same messages to a large group of people. If you follow those rules, you should be fine. 


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