New Facebook Pages Policy – Why we can’t post

Yesterday, we’ve been surprised when we got this message from Facebook:

Warnings › I was blocked or disabled
I have been blocked from using a feature.
Facebook has policies to stop behavior that other users may find annoying or abusive. Even if you did not have this intention, Facebook systems have determined that you were repeatedly using the same feature in a short period of time. Since you did not adhere to previous warnings, a temporary block was set on your account. Here’s what you should keep in mind about your block:

  • This temporary block will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
  • Attempting to use this feature while you are blocked can extend the block.
  • We cannot lift this block for any reason, so please be patient and refrain from using this feature for a few days while waiting for this block to be removed.
  • Once you are allowed to use this feature again, you must significantly slow down or stop this behavior. Further misuse of site features may result in more blocks or your account being permanently disabled.

Unfortunately, Facebook cannot provide any specifics on the rate limits that are enforced. The threshold at which you are warned is not a specific number, but rather determined by different factors, such as speed, time, and quantity.

Impossible for us, after that, to post anything on our page. Even when we commented on fans’ wall posts, the wall post would be removed by Facebook. First, we thought of a “censorship”, but after investigating, we found out that, to release themselves from having to monitor pages they consider as spam means, such as “I❤ Sleep” or “I❤ Mum” that get 5 million fans in a couple of days, Facebook has set new terms and conditions:

Special Provisions Applicable to Pages

  1. Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
  2. You may only administer a Facebook Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
  3. Pages can only post content and information under the “everyone” setting.
  4. When you publish content or information to your Page we have no obligation to distribute your content or information to users.
  5. If you use a Fan Box widget off of our site to promote your Page, others will be able to copy and place the widget elsewhere.
  6. You may not place a Fan Box widget in an advertisement.
  7. If you collect user information on your Page, Section 9 of this Statement also applies to you.
  8. If you display advertising on your Page, Section 11 of this Statement also applies to you.
  9. You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in this Statement to govern the posting of content by users on a Page you administer, except you may disclose they types of content you will remove from your Page and grounds for which you may ban a user from accessing the Page.
  10. You will restrict access to your Page in order to comply with all applicable laws.  For example, if your Page includes content not suitable for minors, you will use your Page to block minors from accessing your Page.

As explained here by a blogger, fan pages are no longer “Fan pages” they are “Brand pages”. And only the official owners of the brand can use those pages. Hence if you’re not an official brand/political figure/spokesperson or so, and if your page gets too many fans in a short period of time, Facebook removes your publishing rights and turn your page to a “Community page”, belonging to the fans.

Honestly, we don’t really know if we’ll be able to reply to the wall posts anytime soon, but there is no doubt that the page shall be maintained for the publicity it brings to the movement. We encourage you to join us on Twitter as well, and interact with us by any possible mean. We have to keep the bond!

Stay tuned.

GYBO Team

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  1. #1 by Jacob on January 5, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Well, I accept FB are wrong in this, but fuck ’em.
    Why not just get someone else to post to the page and sign it Gaza Youth Breaks Out, or start a new FB profile each time you want to post something, not that hard…but shit guys, don’t let a little bullshit rule like that one stop you.

  2. #2 by karma on January 5, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Israel has policies to stop behavior that other humans may find violent or abusive. Even if you did not have this intention, Israel systems have determined that you were repeatedly using the Qasam feature in a short period of time. Since you did not adhere to previous warnings, a temporary block was set on your land. Here’s what you should keep in mind about your block:

    * This temporary block will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
    * Attempting to use the Qasam feature while you are blocked can extend the block.
    * We cannot lift this block for any reason, so please be patient and refrain from using the Qasam feature for a few days while waiting for this block to be removed.
    * Once you are allowed to use this feature again, you must significantly slow down or stop this behavior. Further misuse of violence features may result in more blocks or your land being permanently disabled.

    Unfortunately, Israel cannot provide any specifics on the rate limits that are enforced. The threshold at which you are warned is not a specific number, but rather determined by different factors, such as speed, time, and quantity.

    • #3 by GYBO Team on January 7, 2011 - 6:44 pm

      This is priceless😀 Thanks.

  3. #4 by not quite on January 5, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    Looking at the text, you received that block because you posted a ton of links on there, shared the page here there and everywhere in too big a surge. Facebook doesn’t like publicity surges and puts temporary blocks on them. It’s temporary though. Just post at a reasonable rate, don’t run round to every single wall you know and post links to it all at once, and things will be fine. It’s not really worth a blog post, it’s just a spam control measure. The link you post to the blog is misleading. The first two examples given are violations of Facebook’s *Pages* Terms of Service. If these concept pages were created as *Groups*, they would not be suspended. This should not happen to Gaza Youth Breaks Out because you are an organization. You are conflating a few different things that happen on Facebook, only one of which has happened to you.

  4. #5 by Affani, Elisabeth on January 6, 2011 - 10:38 am

    Dear friends,
    I wish you success and good luck. And if I could help you, I would take a broom or brush and clean the streets, because on your foto I saw the streets of Gaza full with paper and other things. It doesn’t look nice.
    I trust in the youth of Gaza!
    Best wishes
    E. Affani

  5. #6 by Bogart Whitcher on January 7, 2011 - 1:33 am

    I’m not certain however I may have been banned from your facebook group…RE-instate ME please??..I SWEAR i am NOT an ‘agent” of ANY kind for ANYONE!!!…I AM a member of an international group of peace workers comprised of scientists ,artists social workers etc…WE are peace ACTIVISTS and we CAN help you achieve your goals ….assuming those goals ARE for peace freedom and the right to determine your own destinies…..so long AS all those in the same region are allowed to do the same….live AND ..LET live…there are already at least THREE of our group in your FB-site and more are on the way…WE want to HELP…we have security people who can spot agents and give you a heads up on who to watch …we know their profile habits and how they function.”THEY” do NOT want you to succeed!!!…WE DO!!!
    with all due respect and prayers for your success
    Bogart Whitcher

    • #7 by GYBO Team on January 7, 2011 - 6:40 pm

      We don’t know what ban you are talking about, however, if you published posts stating that we are not at war with Israel, then you’re wrong; Israel is colonizing us, murdering us, destroying us, so yes we are at war…

  6. #8 by habib biktash on January 7, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Greetings commrads, the revolutionary youth of Gaza. let’s fuck US, ISRAIL, PALESTINE, GAZA, WEST BANK. let’s fuck all countreis and all BORDERS. let’s fuck hamas and fatah and israili government and un and all that shit. let’s fuck the old and ugly system and establishment all over the world and specially in middle east and palestine. let’s fuck the old and ugly and criminal authorities of all sides in palestinian issue. let’s fuck religion, nationalism, patriatism. let’s fuck islam, judeism and christiyanity. let’s dump all the shit from the past in the dust bin of history and march toward a humane society. a society in which human life and happiness is in the center of every issue. let’s march toward a bright future in which palestinian and israili youth will struggle together and hand in hand againest the old, against the occupation, againest persecution, against exploitation, against terorism, against war, against bombing, against torture, against discrimination, against subjugation of human beings based on their place of birth, their gender, their fabricated religion, their made up nationality,…

    let’s change this ugly old world. let’s change this occupation, war, religious stupidity and terorism.

    long live FREEDOM
    long live EQUALITY
    long live HUMANITY
    down with the OLD
    down with WAR
    down with OCCUPATION
    down with TERORISM
    long live the REVOLUTIONARY YOUTH OF GAZA
    long live the coming REVOLUTIONARY YOUTH OF ISRAIL

  7. #9 by agitas on January 7, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Good guys, my congratulations for this “act of force. ” I am a citizen, I have no political affiliation, but I firmly believe in peace, solidarity among peoples and relegion but, above all, the freedom that every individual should have. Well done, do not be manipulated by anyone, have the courage to scream your anger against those who (whoever he may be) denies your future. We have no weapons, and we will not have any, we want every person to freely practice their religion wherever they are, can freely express their ideas wherever they are, and we have no other way than to “scream” with each of these requests method …. freely.

  8. #10 by gailalfar on January 14, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    GYBO, There is certainly a lot of traffic to your facebook site. I agree you should still use it but limit the amount of usage to just the most important posts for now. I was blocked before, for adding too many friends, but the block was temporary.

  9. #11 by Mac on January 23, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    Nor can we post the link of new users !!!

  10. #12 by Mihai Martoiu Ticu on March 5, 2011 - 11:01 am

    Guys,

    You should buy your own domain, with some webhosting, something like GYBO.ORG and you can install the wordpress software there.

  11. #13 by Lynn Gonzalez on April 8, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    I am inspired by you!

  12. #14 by Johnny Exchange on July 7, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    I have a page that has picked up about 850 new ‘likes’ in the last 30 days. Several of our members were recently blocked by fb for posting too much and are blocked from posting on other pages as well…. however they can post unlimited in groups. Are we better off having a group page? Are they under different rules?

  13. #15 by Bobbie Gervais on May 29, 2012 - 9:14 pm

    Other people see what i post but i dont. its only games that i post that i dont see.tell me why.

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