Update: Many users have been reporting that their accounts are being reactivated after 24 - 48 hours.
A large number of users across the world have reported that their Facebook accounts have been automatically disabled, affecting their livelihoods and ability to communicate with their friends and families.
In the past 24 hours alone, thousands of users received an email stating that they have "violated" the social media giant's "community standards":
Your Facebook account has been disabled. This is because your account, or activity on it, doesn't follow our Community Standards. If you think we disabled your account by mistake, we can take you through a few steps to request a review. You'll need to complete these steps within 30 days to avoid your account being permanently disabled.
Upon filing an appeal to have their accounts reactivated, they were then prompted with the following message:
"We received your information. Thank you for sending your information. We have fewer people available to review information due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This means we may be unable to review your account. We apologise for any inconvenience."
While several users have managed to get their accounts reinstated, many others are still waiting anxiously.
This phenomenon is not something new, as many users in the past have reported having their accounts disabled, many failing to have them reinstated.
A new petition was even created by one of the affected users, which has garnered over 500 petition signatures to date.
Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
Have a company of your own? Create a company profile today and easily find customers, raise funds, or hire talent.
BEAMSTART is a Global Community and News Portal for Entrepreneurship. We cover the latest news and bring together a global network of CEOs/founders, Investors, Business Leaders, and Professionals.
Connect with the BEAMSTART Entrepreneurship Community from the palm of your hands. Connect with CEOs/Founders, Investors, Business Leaders, and Professionals. Download below to instantly form partnerships and discover opportunities: