What Does Facebook Send You When You're Flagged?

By James Wright

As a booming social network, it's especially important for Facebook to have a system that keeps its members safe and prevents spam and abuse. You agree to Facebook's terms of service when you sign up, but you also have the ability to flag any content that breaks any rules. If someone flags something you post, you may get an email from Facebook telling you what happened and what repercussions you face.

Reporting Process

When a post is flagged, it must first go through Facebook's process. Facebook's staff won't punish someone without making sure that the report is legitimate, so every report is investigated. If the staff find that the reported content does not break their terms of service or any other guidelines, the report is discarded, no action is taken and no email is sent to you. If it is a legitimate report, the email you receive differs depending on the infraction and consequence.

Account Warnings

Minor infractions often result in a simple warning. Facebook lets you know that a post you made was against their terms of service and that the post has been deleted. If the problem is something like sending inappropriate messages or an app sending too many requests, the warning differs accordingly. The emails are not specific about the guideline that was broken; this is to ensure you read all the guidelines to avoid future problems.

Disabled Accounts

Some infractions are serious enough to warrant your account being disabled completely. These include using a fake name, impersonating someone else, harassment, abuse or continuing something after being warned to stop. Generally you receive an email notifying you of this decision, but in some cases Facebook's staff may deem the infraction too severe to restore your account. In this case, you may not receive an email. You will not know that your account is disabled until you attempt to log in.


If you receive a warning, the decision cannot be appealed because you still have access to your account. Facebook's staff also informs you of the specific rule you broke, and will ask you to re-read the guidelines and terms of use. However, if your account is disabled, you may have the option to appeal the decision and explain why you believe your account was banned unjustly. You can do this either from the email you received when your account was disabled, or by following the link that displays when you attempt to log in.