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Facebook Group Disabled: What To Do?

Facebook allows you to share many things with your friends and family and stay in touch with them. To go a step further, Facebook offers the ability to create groups where you can share and discuss about different topics with other people with similar interests. However, it is necessary to comply with Facebook's guidelines to prevent your group from being blocked. In this article, we will explain you the reasons why your Facebook group is disabled and how you can recover a Facebook group.

Facebook Group disabled

Firstly, what does it mean when a Facebook group is disabled? On Facebook a group being disabled simply means that you, and the members of the group can no longer access it, or access any of the information previously shared within the group. For example, if your family's Facebook group has been disabled, you may be unable to recover any images that were shared within it.

Reasons Why Your Facebook group Is Disabled

The first reason why your Facebook group was disabled is that you may have breached any of the rules of Facebook's Policies for Pages, Groups and Events. Here are the general policies to comply with:

  • Prohibited Business Practices: you must not promote products, services, schemes or offers using deceptive or misleading business practices, including those intended to scam people out of money or personal information.

  • Impersonation: you must not impersonate or falsely represent a brand, entity, or public figure. If you are expressing support for or interest in a brand, entity, or public figure, it must make clear in the name or description that it is not an official representation.

  • Gambling: you must not promote online gambling, or gaming where anything of monetary value (including digital currencies) is required to play and anything of monetary value forms part of the prize, without Facebook's prior written permission.

  • Inaccurately Tagged Content: you must not inaccurately tag content or encourage users to inaccurately tag content.

  • Incentivization: you must not incentivize people to misuse Facebook features or functionality.

  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment: you must not promote drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers that are misleading, engaging in practices that are harmful to patients, or otherwise violating applicable laws.

These policies are available in full on this page. Your group must also comply with Facebook's Terms of Service and Community Standards. Please read them carefully to understand why Facebook has disabled your group.

How To Recover Disabled Facebook Group

Once you have reviewed all of the conditions applicable to Facebook groups and are certain that you have not violated any of them, then you may appeal Facebook's decision by filling out this form.

Note: You must first log in to your account to be able to access the form.

How long does it take for Facebook to review a disabled group?

Much like when Facebook reviews a blocked or disabled account, Facebook does not explicitly give a time limit or time frame for a Facebook review. Some users can find that there group has been reinstated relatively quickly after requesting a review, whereas others can wait weeks, even months before a reply. And unfortunately, there is always the possibility that you receive no reply at all.

What If I Cannot Log In to My Facebook Account?

If you cannot log in to your Facebook account because you see a message stating that your account is locked or disabled, here is an article describing the steps to follow. For login issues, here is how to recover your Facebook account.

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