What’s the Deal with “Facebook Jail”?

Have you ever attended a Facebook Launch Party only to be disappointed when half way through Facebook gives you an error message that you are no longer able to comment?

“Facebook Jail” is a concept that is happening more and more frequently. What is Facebook Jail? Why is it happening? And what does it mean for the future of the Facebook Launch Party?

What is Facebook Jail?

Facebook Jail is a term used for when an individual is restricted from commenting or liking posts during a Facebook Event. Facebook gives you an error message and eliminates your ability to use their platform for a given period of time. (The length of time you are unable to comment seems to be on a case-by-case basis)

Why does it happen?

I posed this question to the Facebook Partying Cozy Experience Community and got some great answers. Some of the ways people find themself in Facebook Jail are:

  • If you share / like / comment on posts too quickly.
  • When multiple authors are co-hosting a single event it seems to happen more easily.
  • If you are posting the same response on multiple posts. (Example: “thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.”)
  • If you are using predictive text on your mobile phone.

What does this mean for the future of Facebook Launch Parties?

Well as they say, the party must go on! For now, educating yourself as to why and when this is happening is a key precaution you can take so this does not happen to you. There are many other ways to host a virtual launch party, so some of those may need to be explored in the future if Facebook continues to limit the user’s ability to interact during an event.

Have you ever been put in Facebook Jail? Would you attend a Launch Party on a different online platform? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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2 years ago

When I go on and off the page or wait for post to show up on my, very busy, feed, I do not get jail. When the party is fast paced I am much more likely to get it than when I have to wait for the next post to show up. I used to comment or like comments regularly but now I try to remember to go back and read them after the main time for the party. Over all commenting and liking other comments adds up to the same as over commenting on the posts. As you pointed… Read more »