Much like the robot Johnny 5 had to prove to his owners that he was alive in Short Circuit, there may be times in our online lives that we must convince the system that we are real humans. Automatic spambots can ruin our Internet experience by flooding an email inbox with unwanted solicitations and just generally causing a nuisance. Many websites such as Facebook have installed software that helps prove it’s users are human beings. Unfortunately well intentioned people are sometimes misconstrued as robots or spam devices after being reported as fake. Whether somebody reported you for spamming or you’ve accidentally been labeled a robot, there are a few ways to prove to Facebook that you’re a real person.
Many times the culprit behind getting your Facebook account deactivated or suspended is a jilted lover or a bully in your school or office. Even though you didn’t do anything wrong profile-wise, these people take some simple pleasure in separating you from your Facebook. Many times they’ll even go to the extent of creating multiple fake profiles just in the effort of reporting yours. Use the following methods to attempt to prove to Facebook that you’re a real person.
One great tip is to see our Facebook account protection tips because they will help you stay real.
Contact Facebook Directly
You may not even know you’re being reported until one day you attempt to log onto Facebook and you’re greeted with the message that your account has been suspended. Unfortunately, much like Crime Stoppers anonymity you’ll never know who the person and their alter egos that have reported you multiple times. The best thing you can do is to contact Facebook through the link they have on your disabled account page (facebook.com/help/contact_us). Tell Facebook that you believe you’re being harassed and prove to them that your social networking intentions are sincere. It may take a few days but eventually your profile will be returned to active status.
When you get your Facebook account reactivated you should immediately investigate your security settings and your privacy settings. There are some great features to prevent things like this happening again. For example you can prove you are real by adding a security question, adding a recognized device, or maybe adding your real phone number to your account.
Block The Culprit
If somebody is constantly agitating you or harassing you on Facebook, use Social Reporting to block and / or report the person. Facebook strives to make its community a pleasant experience for all users and acts swiftly against those who upset the process. Use the Social Reporting feature on Facebook to block a certain user so that you’ll become invisible to each other on Facebook. There’s also a button to get help from a trusted friend which will send a message to somebody on your friend list who can offer specific way to help you.
Contact The Authorities
If the harassment expands beyond just getting your account suspended, you might have to invoke the help of a higher power. Bullying online is now getting a zero tolerance approach in society and is met with stiff penalties in this day and age. While it may seem like tattling, if somebody’s Facebook harassment is causing stress and mental health issues and affecting your job capabilities then maybe it’s time to report this person to your boss or supervisor. Of course, deleting your Facebook account is always an option but if you don’t feel this person should have the satisfaction of kicking you off Facebook then you’ll need to take alternative actions.
Choose Your Friends Wisely
Be wary that some people who send you friend requests might not be as anonymous as you think. Many times people that you’ve blocked will create a fake profile just to gain access to your information and to report your profile as fake. Instead of accepting every friend request that comes your way, be very stringent on who you invite into your online network.
Use Proper Facebook Etiquette
You might think you’re being falsely reported as a fake or a spammer on Facebook but some of your friends might actually be fed up with your seemingly innocent ways. If you’re constantly trying to sell your homemade scarves or soliciting people via instant message for Girl Scout cookies people might not like your intentions. In order to prevent being reported and to keep your account in good standing, tone down the sales pitch to your online friends.