Only a few things upset social media users more than being blocked from taking specific actions on the platforms they spend time at. In the Facebook case, that might mean posting a status update, a picture, a comment, or other content.
There’s more than one answer to why Facebook (and other social media platforms) might be blocking you from performing certain actions. However, the most common ones are breaking their community standards and browser issues.
In this article, I’ll approach the reasons why you can’t post on Facebook and provide easy ways you can use to solve them.
Reason #1: Community Standards Violations
Facebook has its own community standards that determine what can or can’t be done on the platform. They also have predefined block periods for those who don’t follow their standards that will vary depending on the violations you’ve committed and whether this is your first time breaking their guidelines or not.
How To Solve It?
First of all, it’s always better to prevent it than fix it, which is why, if you’re very active on Facebook, I’d recommend you read their community standards to avoid being punished for doing something that you didn’t even know that wasn’t allowed in the first place, especially if you often approach potentially controversial or sensible topics.
With that being said, if you still find yourself blocked from posting for that reason, don’t worry! The vast majority of blocks applied by Facebook for that reason are just temporary, and it’s just a matter of time before you can execute all actions again normally.
Besides waiting, there’s not much else you can do until your block is over. Facebook isn’t very flexible in its punishments. As I’ve had to find out the hard way myself, getting in touch with an actual person from Facebook’s user support is incredibly difficult.
Don’t forget to avoid making the same mistake twice, as their penalties tend to increase in duration and intensity as you commit more violations. In the worst-case scenario, you could even be permanently banned from Facebook and have your account excluded.
However, if you’ve read the community standards and think your block was a mistake, you can still contact them, and they’ll be able to fix it (although don’t be surprised if their response time isn’t very fast).
Reason #2: Technical Issues
So, maybe, you haven’t been blocked by Facebook itself for breaking their community standards, but instead, you’re just facing some technical issue that’s preventing you from doing the things you want on Facebook.
I’ve put down a list of the most common ones and easy ways to fix them. The good news is that you don’t need to be a technology expert to try any of them.
If you spend a lot of time surfing the web, your browser memory could quickly become filled with unwanted information that will end up slowing your system’s performance.
If you’re accessing Facebook from a laptop or desktop, head to the browser settings and clear your cache. If that doesn’t work, something else you might try is uninstalling and reinstalling the browser.
If you’re using the Facebook app on your tablet or smartphone, there might be a problem in the app preventing you from using the platform correctly. If that’s your case, try closing the app, opening it again, and then see if it works.
There might also be a different problem on your device that can be hard to diagnose without proper specialist help. A straightforward way to find that out is simply by trying a different device. If you’re accessing Facebook from your phone, try doing it from your desktop and vice versa. If you don’t have another device, ask a friend to use theirs to access your account.
If that happens to be the issue, you might want to look for specific solutions for your device by reaching out to specialists or doing some research yourself.
While it can be frustrating not to be able to post and execute other actions on Facebook as you wish, it’s always a good idea to calm down and think about what might be causing it from the possible reasons above.
Give a read to the community standards and look back to think whether you might have violated their terms in the past or not. If not, think about which of the technical issues I’ve mentioned could be causing it and give a try to the solutions I’ve provided.
If you still can’t fix the problem, reach out to Facebook’s user support from your account, as they might be able to help you out. If they can’t, it’s most likely a technical issue. If you can’t solve it yourself, whether by following the instructions above, the best thing to do is reach out for technical support for your device or browser.
One way is to access their Help Center and follow the instructions to let them know what you need. The other way is to simply access your account from your app or from your browser, click on the menu, look for the ‘Help and support’ option, then click on ‘Help Center’ or ‘Report a problem’ and follow the instructions.
Yes, that’s a real possibility. However, the good news is that this is a relatively rare thing. It often involves very serious violations or, at least, a very high number of smaller (but still relevant) ones. To prevent this from happening, I suggest you take a look at Facebook’s community standards to clearly understand their rules and avoid breaking them.
The first thing I’d recommend is to reach out to Facebook’s Help Center before doing anything else, as they may have banned you by mistake. If they can’t find the problem, it’s most likely a technical issue, and if the solutions that I’ve provided here don’t fix the problem, it might be a good idea to reach for tech support. Even if you’ve tried different devices, it’s plausible that the same error might be occurring on more than one.