Facebook re-activated my account as if nothing has happened, but a lot happened in the past 36 hours

Yesterday my Facebook account was suddenly without notice deactivated without any reason given. In fact, I didn’t even receive an email, it was just complete radio silence from Facebook.

After logging on to Twitter I realised that I was not the only user, in fact, a hashtag appeared:


with many users reporting the same scenario.

Broken Facebook relationship

After approximately 36 hours, my account is now back online. No reason was given, no message waiting explaining why they deactivated my account and no email received. Everything is as if nothing has happened. But a lot happened in the last 36 hours.

So what happened?

  1. Did I miss Facebook?
    Well, first of all, 36 hours is not a long time. So if I did indeed miss Facebook, then it would be a good sign that I need a break from social media. Luckily the answer is NO, I did not miss Facebook.

I use Facebook to keep in contact with my family and friends but also with old students from all over the world for whom I help over Messenger. This is one thing but think about all the people who use Facebook as their business platform. Are they getting as little support as I and other users did?

Originally published at https://www.bpetersen.dk on August 15, 2020.

Associate Professor in bioinformatics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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