Facebook gives you the ability to create a group, find like-minded people, and have deep, engaging, and meaningful exchanges of ideas. This way, Facebook users can connect with many people with similar hobbies or interests and share ideas or activities. However, your group needs to comply with Facebook’s group policies and guidelines. If Facebook finds that its group is engaging in an activity that violates its terms of service, it can disable it immediately. But the algorithms make mistakes too. Thus, if you believe that your group hasn’t violated any rules, you can always appeal for a manual review to recover your disabled Facebook group.
In this article, we will show you why Facebook terminates groups as well as techniques to recover a disabled Facebook group by reporting and asking for an inspection. Here we go.
What is a Disabled Facebook Group?
When a Facebook group is deactivated, the group member, including the admins and the moderators, can no longer post, edit, or make any adjustments in the group. In fact, you can’t even see the previous posts, such as photos or videos, or the content of the group if Facebook blocks access. And not only that. All the previous shared group posts and contents will be removed from every Facebook user’s timeline too. Additionally, access via URLs people might have bookmarked should be forbidden.
Why Did Facebook Disable My Group?
This is a common question, and you now have a clear idea of what a disabled group is. But you have no explanation as to why Facebook suddenly did so to your group. The reason is simple. The social media giant determined your group has breached Facebook Group, Page, and Event Policies that prohibit certain activities. Here is a list and description of some actions that can get your group disabled:
You should not promote or conduct any form of gambling or games that requires monetary values to conduct and distributes rewards as a sum of money or digital currencies. In simple words, do not gamble in any way, and avoid in-group betting that involves money without prior permission from Facebook. Conducting such activities without Facebook’s approval beforehand will mean a breach of Facebook’s Groups and Events policy. As a result, your group can be taken offline without prior notice.
You or your Facebook group should never impersonate a brand, organization, or public figure. Even if you’re trying to support and promote a brand or a public figure through your group, you must mention that it isn’t an official representation of the entity in the description. Failing to do so will lead to the termination of your group.
Prohibited Business Practices
Your group should never promote a product, service, or offer using dishonest or misleading business practices. Promoting deceptive or corrupt trade practices, intended to scam people of sensitive information or money, is a violation of Facebook’s policies. If Facebook finds your group facilitating such activities, it can immediately disable your group without notification or a warning beforehand.
Drug and Addiction Treatment Promotion
You should never use your Facebook group to promote drug and addiction treatment methods or centers that are deceitful or harmful for people. Promoting anti-drug or anti-addiction centers that practice deceptive and dishonest therapy strategies that put others’ lives at risk will lead to direct cessation of your Facebook group.
Incentivization and Inaccurately Tagged Content
You should never incentivize group members or other Facebook users to misuse any other user of Facebook through your group. Also, you should not encourage other group members to inaccurately tag content, which is another infringement on Facebook policies. If Facebook finds your group performing these disingenuous actions, it can immediately remove the group and block the users from accessing its data.
Please read Facebook’s policies and terms of service carefully to figure out why your group has been disabled. It’s not unusual for Facebook’s algorithm to remove a group that didn’t commit any major violation. If you think your group has been wrongly disabled, you need to contact Facebook’s customer support to examine your case and, if you’re right, recover it.
Instructions to Recover Your Disabled Facebook Group
We already mentioned reasons you should contact customer support to lodge your case and recover your disabled Facebook group. If you think the punishment was justified, it may be best not to waste time on both sides. In contrast, if you decide to do so, here’s how:
- Go to Facebook’s page for reporting unavailable groups. Make sure you have already logged in to your Facebook account before opening this page.
- Next, fill out the form in the following order:
- Click on the “Group” option and write the name of your group under the “Name of the group or event” section.
- Next, add the URL of your disabled group in the “URL” section.
- Type your complaint in the “Discussion of the issue” section and elaborate on the reasons you believe that your group has been wrongly erased. Here, you need to discuss why your group does not violate the policies of Facebook. Do so in an organized, logical, and concise manner.
- You can also add several screenshots to support your appeal to speed up the recovery process. Although this is optional, Facebook highly recommends you to use this feature if images can work as evidence to support your claim.
- After you fill out the form, click the “Send” button to complete the report and send it for review. If Facebook finds your argument valid, it will immediately recover the removed Facebook group.
How Long Does Facebook Group Restoration Take?
Facebook does not have a specific time to completely review your appeal. Some people may get a reply to the request instantly, while others might have to wait for weeks, even months to get their appeal reviewed. Only after Facebook completely checks your case and finds your argument proper, will it send a message of apology. Consequently, they will recover your terminated group within a few hours. However, there’s always a chance you won’t receive notifications or replies from Facebook regarding your case. If that happens, restoring your group will be impossible.